Court proceedings for former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper, who has been held in the Los Angeles County jail without bail since Feb. 28 on various sexual assault charges, have been postponed until Aug. 8, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.
Officials had been expected to set a date Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on claims that Sharper drugged and raped two women he met in February at a nightclub in West Hollywood.
The hearing also was expected to deal with Sharper’s extradition to Arizona, where he’s alleged to have drugged three women and sexually assaulted them in Tempe in November.
Authorities in Arizona, where Sharper, 38, has been indicted on two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs, have said they will not seek to have him brought to that state until his case in California is resolved.
“Nothing is going to happen on his extradition case until we complete our case,” said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Sharper, who has maintained his innocence, spoke only to answer a procedural question from the judge during Wednesday’s brief hearing.
A warrant has been issued for his arrest in relation to rape allegations in New Orleans, and he also is being investigated for alleged assaults in Las Vegas.
Authorities in Miami Beach recently closed an investigation into Sharper after they found insufficient evidence against him there.
He has pleaded not guilty in California. He and his lawyers have denied the allegations in the other states.
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