Jags’ Marcell Dareus Sued for Alleged Sex Assault, Transmitting STD

Marcell Dareus
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A woman in Texas has sued Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus for allegedly having sex with her while she was unconscious, and giving her an STD.

The accusation is one of two recent sexual assault lawsuits against the Jags defender. The accuser — referred to as “Jane Doe” in legal documents — claims that she awoke to find that Dareus had sex with her while unconscious, and did not disclose the fact that he carried an STD.

According to News 4 Jacksonville:

The complaint states Dareus and his accuser went on a date in Houston April 7 that ended with them spending the night together at a hotel. It says that when the woman woke up in pain the next day, she could not recall what happened the night before, but Dareus told her they had sex.

It goes on to say that Dareus saw the woman the following two days and the pair had sex on multiple occasions. Later the same week, the complaint argues, the woman came down with symptoms of herpes and went to see a doctor, who diagnosed her with the disease.

Dareus’ attorney Steve Weizenecker, declined to comment on the case when News 4 asked him about the claims.

As CBS reports, “The accuser’s attorney stated that he is unaware of any criminal charges that have been filed in the case at this point.”

The other sexual assault case involving Dareus stems from an allegation that the former Alabama player sexually assaulted a woman on a rental property in January of 2017 in Tampa.

According to the Tampa Bay Times:

The lawsuit, filed by an unnamed plaintiff in Circuit Court in Hillsborough County Circuit, states that she met Dareus at a downtown Tampa club on Jan. 7, two nights before the championship game, and was invited to an afterparty at the mansion rented by Dareus.

The party there had ’10-12 strippers’ and ’30-40 persons in total,’ including other unnamed NFL players. The party had ‘alcohol, marijuana and cocaine open and visible” and ‘offered up to partygoers,’ according to the lawsuit.

The suit alleges that Dareus ‘grabbed her breast and attempted to put his hands between her legs,’ and that she resisted his advances and told him to stop. She had been drinking and ‘blacked out,’ but recalled being guided down a hallway to the master bedroom with Dareus behind her. She said she woke up in bed with her clothes disheveled and Dareus unclothed and asleep next to her, and ‘began to immediately realize that there had been sexual physical acts upon her person.’

The suit states that she left the room and got a ride back to her Tampa hotel, was ’emotionally distraught’ and stayed in her room, flying to Los Angeles on Jan. 9. She initially kept the details of the incident private, ‘due to embarrassment and self-guilt.’

Dareus has a hearing on his motion to dismiss the case scheduled for August 9th. Regardless of the outcome of either of these cases, the NFL will likely launch their own investigation and could, if they feel it necessary, discipline Dareus accordingly.

News of the charges against Dareus come during the same week that serious domestic violence accusations against Bills running back LeSean McCoy come to light. While McCoy has denied the allegations, the NFL is investigating the case.

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