The lawsuit that was filed against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be put on hold indefinitely while all parties involved await the outcome of an appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court seeking a change of venue by Roethlisberger and one of his co-defendants. The stay was issued on Monday.
The result is an indefinite suspension of the case in which a 31 year old female has accused Roethlisberger of raping her in a hotel room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in July 2008 while she worked as a VIP hostess at the resort during a celebrity golf tournament. The woman also sued eight current or former Harrah’s employees. alleging that they tried to cover up the alleged incident. The Steelers quarterback has denied the allegations.
What is troubling about this sordid mess is that the plaintiff is doing what some people tend to do when it appears that their case doesn’t have a leg to stand on – shop for a venue that is advantageous to their case. And while I am not a lawyer nor pretend to be one, I was always of the school of thought that in a civil case, the jurisdiction of which an occurrence takes place is the venue of record, but I digress.
In any event, when more news becomes available in the Roethlisberger lawsuit, NFL Gridiron Gab will have it for you.