Eagles rookie guard Josh Sills, who was set to play in the upcoming NFL Super Bowl game, has been indicted on rape and kidnapping charges.
TMZ reported that Sills reportedly “forced a woman to perform oral sex on him.”
Police report that Sills, 25, “engaged in sexual activity that was not consensual and held the victim against her will.”
A prosecutor’s report noted the incident occurred in Guernsey County, Ohio, on Dec. 5, 2019.
The report notes that Sills forced a woman to engage in sexual activity for “approximately 20 minutes.” The woman reports she was held against her will in the perpetrator’s vehicle and forced to perform a sexual act “until he did his thing.” The assault resulted in the woman sustaining various injuries.
The police report notes that according to testimony from the victim, the assault occurred after Sills had given her and her cousin a ride back to her cousin’s home from a local café. The report also notes that the woman and Sills, who were both 21 at the time of the reported assault, attended high school together and had known each other for “seven or eight years.”
The victim reported that Sills grabbed her by the arm and pulled her back into his vehicle as her cousin exited. According to the report, the woman said her cousin “did not think anything of it and shut the door and walked into her house.”
The report further notes that Sills then attempted to kiss the victim, “grabbing her by the neck and throwing her down on the seat, unbuttoned her pants and groping her while she told him to stop repeatedly.”
The assault continued for 20-30 minutes, after which the victim asked Sills if she could leave. Sills allowed her to exit the vehicle but warned, “You will talk to me again.”
Guernsey County Common Pleas Court grand jury indicted Sills on one felony count of rape and one felony count of kidnapping.
Sills’ attorney, Michael Connick, told the Associated Press the allegations against his client are false.
Sills will appear in court on Feb. 16 — four days after the Eagles and Chiefs face off at State Farm Stadium in Arizona in Super Bowl 2023.
The New York Post reported the NFL placed Sills on the Commissioner Exempt List on Wednesday, which makes him ineligible to travel with his team or participate in practices.
A spokesperson for the Eagles said: “The organization is aware of the legal matter involving Josh Sills. We have been in communication with the league office and are in the process of gathering more information. We have no further comment at this time.”
Sills signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent before the 2022 season began.
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