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A woman accused Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus of sexual assault and giving her a sexually transmitted disease, according to a lawsuit filed in a Florida court.
The woman, described only as “Jane Doe” in the lawsuit filed in Duval County on Friday, said he woke up with no recollection of a sexual encounter that she did not consent to with Dareus in a Houston hotel room in April, although she claims the two had consensual sex over the next two days. At no point, the lawsuit alleges, did Dareus disclose he had an STD or used protection.
Later that same week, the woman said she was diagnosed with herpes.
“(The) defendant’s negligence and negligence has caused (the) plaintiff to suffer severe physical and mental injuries, including, but not limited to, past and future medical costs, past and future pharmaceutical costs, past and future physical pain and suffering, past and future mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life,” one of the woman’s attorneys wrote in the seven-page lawsuit.
The woman seeks damages in excess of $15,000.
According to Harris County (Tex.) court records, Dareus has not been charged with any crimes. A spokesman for Houston police told USA TODAY Sports that there was no indication that officers responded to the hotel on the dates spelled out in the lawsuit and added he would be unable to confirm whether Dareus is even under investigation under Texas privacy laws.
“There are civil and criminal laws in both Florida and Texas that address circumstances where someone knowingly exposes another to sexually transmitted diseases,” Caj Boatright, one of woman’s attorneys, said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. “As of now, we are not aware that any criminal charges have been filed in this matter. Our focus is on protecting our client’s right to recover damages for the severe physical and emotional harm that’s been caused to her.”
WJXT-TV was the first news outlet to report the lawsuit had been filed.
Messages left with Dareus’ agents by USA TODAY Sports were not immediately returned on Wednesday.
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