Former NBA player Rashid Byrd sentenced to 90 years in jail for sexual assault

Los Angeles: Actor and former NBA player Rashid Byrd has been sentenced to 90-years to life in prison over a series of violent sexual assaults.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said an investigation into Byrd started in 2019. A victim claimed that she had been sexually assaulted by him, reports

“During their investigation, detectives learned (that) in 2010, Byrd was convicted of sexual assault involving a different victim,” a statement by LAPD read.

He further stated: “Detectives also discovered that Byrd had been arrested for sexually assaulting a young woman in Washington State in 2005.”

According to reports, Byrd charmed his victims at first, then turned violent.

“He started as a charmer, playing up his status as an athlete and pseudo-celebrity, but that quickly faded into rapes and violence,” said the lead investigator on the case.

Byrd appeared in the 2008 Will Ferrell-starring basketball comedy, ‘Semi Pro’. He also appeared in a documentary short, Bring Your ‘A’ Game. He also played 22 games for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League in the 2008- 2009 season.

Byrd was taken into custody in 2020 by LAPD detectives for sexual assault.

The 39-year-old was sentenced to 90 years to life in state prison for the violent sexual assaults that occurred in L.A. and Santa Clara counties.


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