The rape trial of former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper has taken a strange turn.
A former sheriff’s deputy in Louisiana, who has been charged (along with Sharper) with helping to drug women in order to rape them, told investigators he witnessed former Saints and current Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush drop the party drug ecstasy into women’s drinks at a Las Vegas club a few years ago, according to a published report.
According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, Brandon Licciardi, the codefendent in the Sharper case, told authorities about seeing Bush doing this when Licciardi was interviewed last year by the Orleans Parish (La.) District Attorney. At the time, Licciardi was being questioned about two incidents in which Sharper allegedly was involved in rapes.
According to the federal indictment, Licciardi is named as a conspirator to Sharper in assisting with the rape. Asked if he had seen other women being drugged, Licciardi spilled on Bush’s involvement.
“OK, um, I was in Vegas about three years ago and um, Reggie Bush put Molly in Champagne. He was handing out ‘Molly’ on the dance floor to girls. Handing it out. Like giving it to them,” Licciardi said.
“And how do you know that?” asked James O’Hern, an investigator for the DA’s Office.
“[Because] I saw it with my own eyes,” Licciardi responded.
Ecstasy, or MDMA, is commonly called “Molly.” Licciardi believed that the incident in question involving Bush occured in the spring of 2011. In July of that year, the Saints traded Bush to the Miami Dolphins.
SOURCE: Eric Edholm