In news that the Super Bowl Champion Steelers did not need as training camp gets near, Pro Football Talk.com is reporting that a lawsuit has been filed alleging sexual assault against Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
The complaint was filed last week by an employee at Harrah’s named Andrea McNulty. The lawsuit was filed in Washoe County, Nevada. Lawyer, David Cornwell is strongly denying the allegations, giving the following statement to PFT – “Ben has never sexually assaulted anyone; especially Andrea McNulty,” Cornwell said.
In the civil suit, McNulty claims that Roethlisberger asked her to come to his hotel room to fix the television, and then forced her to have sex with him. The suit was served to Roethlisberger over the weekend.
Roethlisberger faces one civil count of assault, one civil count of sexual assault and battery, one civil count of false imprisonment, one civil count of false pretenses, one civil count of fraud, and one civil count of intentonal infliction of emotional distress.
McNulty is also claiming that the co-workers named in the complaint thereafter defamed her by making allegedly false and inflammatory statements, and by allegedly serving as aiders and abettors of Roethlisberger’s alleged misconduct after the fact.
Cornwell has represented in the recent past Saints running back Reggie Bush and Browns receiver Donte’ Stallworth. He says that as of now, no criminal complaint has been filed, and that no criminal investigation has occurred.
“The timing of the lawsuit and the absence of a criminal complaint and a criminal investigation are the most compelling evidence of the absence of any criminal conduct,” Cornwell said. “If an investigation is commenced, Ben will cooperate fully and Ben will be fully exonerated.
“Ben will not be baited into a public discussion about his personal life, but we will defend him vigorously,” Cornwell said. “The limited value that Ms. McNulty derived from public disclosure of these viciously false allegations is the only value she will ever receive from Ben in this case.”
Who knows the truth behind this, but the bottom line is that the Steelers have done a nice job this offseason avoiding any major on or off field distractions, and if the case turns into a criminal probe, it’s quickly going to become a distraction.