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Ex-NFL player Darren Sharper charged with drugging, raping two women

Oct. 31, 2010: New Orleans Saints cornerback Darren Sharper celebrates after recovering a fumble by Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller (not in picture) during the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in New Orleans, Louisiana.REUTERS

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says former NFL defensive back Darren Sharper has been charged with drugging and raping two women.

A district attorney's statement says Sharper will be arraigned Friday on two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

The felony case involves alleged incidents in October and January. Prosecutors say Sharper met women at a West Hollywood nightclub, invited them to a party but stopped at his hotel room, where the crimes are alleged to have occurred.

Sharper was arrested Jan. 17 and released on $200,000 bail.

Prosecutors will seek to raise his bail to $10 million because the Miami, Fla., resident faces similar investigations elsewhere.