Charges of Sexual Assault Filed Against Berkeley Man, Raiders Player





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A Berkeley resident was charged Monday with the sexual assault of a Bay Area woman, court officials said yesterday.

Naeem Rashad Perry of Berkeley, along with suspended Raiders defensive tackle Darrell Russell and Ali Martine Hayes of Oakland, was arraigned for the alleged sexual assault of a 27-year-old Sunnyvale woman.

The three were charged with 25 counts of sex-related assault videotaped in an alleged early-morning attack Thursday. The alleged assault is said to have occurred at the home of one of Russell's teammates.

Perry was denied bail Monday because he was on probation, as was Hayes.

Berkeley police Lt. Cynthia Harris said Perry was convicted and placed on probation in 1999 for the sale of marijuana.

Bail for Russell was set at $1.2 billion.

John Jay, a spokesperson for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, confirmed Monday that the charges include eight counts of rape by use of drugs, six counts of oral copulation, five counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object and six other counts of sexual assault.

"The allegations in this case are that the complaining witness had sex with a number of people having been involuntarily placed under the influence of drugs," said Hayes' defense attorney, William Du Bois.

The victim has stated she and several of her friends joined Russell and his friends at Harry Denton's Starlight Room in San Francisco late Wednesday night.

She has alleged that after drinking a Long Island iced tea and a hurricane she consumed a drink that Russell mixed for her at their table.

She said her memory was obscured after leaving the club. She has attributed her symptoms to GHB, commonly known as a date-rape drug, which she said Russell put in her drink.

The next thing she said she remembers was waking at about 5:30 a.m. at her home. She said that when she next awoke, after going to work, she had a flashback of someone looming above her with a video camera and sensed that someone had been atop her engaging in intercourse.

Du Bois said he has little knowledge of the evidence in possession of Alameda police and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, but that he is skeptical his client will be convicted.

"Speaking from my client's perspective, he didn't have anything to do with drugging this person or having nonconsensual sex," he said.

Du Bois asserted that the exchange was videotaped in order to show that it was consensual, as many athletes have begun to do in order to prevent charges of rape.

Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Kevin Murphy said he believes the prosecution will be able to prove that the victim was unconscious during the attack.

The three charged with the crime are slated to file not guilty pleas on Thursday.

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