Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Denies He Raped Woman
Got another Kobe Bryant on our hands? Unfortunately when you become a big sports star, big problems shortly follow. And for Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roesthlisberger, it's just as bad as it can possibly get. Yesterday, the QB addressed the sexual assault allegations claimed by a casino worker in Nevada.
"I would never, ever force myself on a woman," Roethlisberger said as part of his prepared remarks.
Roethlisberger would not take questions from the media following the brief statement, during which he vowed to defend himself against allegations he raped a woman in his hotel room last July.
"I did not sexually assault Andrea McNulty. Saturday was the first that I learned of her accusations. Her false and vicious allegations are an attack on my family and on me," said Roethlisberger. (source)
While hanging out last weekend in Lake Tahoe, Nev., Roethlisberger was served a civil lawsuit that accuses him of forcing himself on McNulty in his penthouse-level hotel room July 2008. Uh, really? A year ago?
"I'm going to fight to protect my family and my reputation. I'm not going to discuss my private life or this civil case in the media. I'll respond to her outrageous allegations in the appropriate forum," said Roethlisberger. "The allegations against me are reckless and false. As much as I'd like to answer everyone's questions, I'm going to respect the legal process and I am confident that the truth will prevail." (source)
He has yet to be charged with any crimes and has no record of criminal complaint in his past.
"I have an obligation to our fans, to my teammates, to my coaches and everyone in the organization to remain focused on the Pittsburgh Steelers, and I will do that," said Roethlisberger. (source)
Oh those Nevada casino gals! McNulty claims the QB sexually assaulted her while he was in town for a celebrity golf tournament. On a copy of the lawsuit, she alleges that Roethlisberger stopped by her desk on the hotel's [Harrah's] 17th floor on the night of July 11, 2008. He spoke with her and other staff members for about 20 minutes. When he left, he mentioned that the television sound system in his room was not working and asked McNulty to 'take a quick look.'
She claims she was unable to reach her boss on the phone or anyone in engineering, so she went inside his room and said the TV was working properly.
Blocking the door as McNulty tried to leave, Roethlisberger began kissing and fondling the woman and pushed her onto his bed, where he forcibly had sex with her despite her objections, according to McNulty's claims in her lawsuit.
The lawsuit asks for a total of $390,000 in damages.
In McNulty's civil complaint, she addresses the issue of why she didn't bring her allegations to police, saying that she "reported the traumatic incident to Harrah's security chief Guy Hyder, assuming the assault would be investigated by him," but she alleges Hyder "failed to preserve any evidence, interview any witnesses, particularly Roethlisberger...and failed to conduct an investigation."
Harrah's spokeswoman Jacqueline Peterson sent WTAE the following statement on Thursday:
"We are confident that once all the facts are brought to light, a much different story will emerge and our employees will be dismissed from the case. It is also important to note that Harrah's Entertainment is not a party to this case and we will have no further comment at this time." (source)