LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Thomas 'Hollywood' Henderson, a star linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys during the 70s, has pleaded innocent to five felony counts for his alleged attack on two teenage girls, one of them a paraplegic.
Henderson, 30, who is free on $16,000 bail, was ordered Friday to appear Jan. 3 in Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing.
He is charged with two counts of false imprisonment and one count each of forced oral copulation, sexual battery and furnishing cocaine to a minor, according to court clerk Gil Wong.
The felony counts include an allegation that Henderson used a gun while committing the crimes, according to prosecutor Jim Cosper.
Henderson, a standout player with the Cowboys from 1975-79 and a member of three Dallas Super Bowl teams, was arrested at his apartment Nov. 3 after a 15-year-old girl claimed he lured her and a 17-year-old girl, a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair, to the apartment the night before.
The younger girl told police Henderson pulled out a handgun and forced her to have sex with him before he assaulted both girls and threatened to kill them.
Police said they found a .38 caliber handgun in Henderson's apartment, along with narcotics paraphernalia.
The former football star told reporters he was solicited by the two girls, who then robbed him.
Henderson, now a crew chief for a construction company, became as well known for his flamboyance as for his football skills. He once acknowledged he had a $10,000-a-week cocaine habit, but later claimed he was off drugs.