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Lawsuit accuses Marcell Dareus of sexual assault, transmitting STD

New York Daily News

A Texas woman is suing Jaguars Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus of sexual assault and infecting her with a sexually transmitted disease, according to News4Jax.

The woman is reportedly seeking a jury trial and damages in excess of $15,000 as part of her civil suit that was filed July 6 in Duval County.

The woman, who identifies herself only as Jane Doe, accuses Dareus of having unprotected sex with her while she was unconscious and without previously disclosing what she believes to be was herpes, according to News4Jax.

The suit reportedly states the two went on a date in Houston on April 7 and spent the night together at a hotel. The woman woke the next day and could not recall what happened the night prior, but was informed by Dareus they had sex. The suit claims the two saw each other the following two days and had sex on multiple occasions. Later that same week the woman saw a doctor and was diagnosed with herpes.

According to News4Jax, in the complaint the woman’s attorneys accuse Dareus of having unprotected sex with their client “while she was unconscious and therefore without her consent.” In addition, they allege he later had consensual sex with her without informing her he was carrying a sexually transmitted disease.

The Jaguars are aware of the incident, according to News4Jax.

Dareus was named to back-to-back Pro Bowls from 2013-14 as a member of the Bills, and a first-team All-Pro in 2014. The 28-year-old defensive tackle, however, has been suspended twice for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He was also sent home from a preseason game in 2017 for violating a team rule.

The Bills ultimately traded Dareus to the Jaguars for a sixth-round draft pick midway through the 2017 season – just two years after signing the former No. 3 pick to a six-year contract extension with $60 million guaranteed.

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