*If you're a facts kind of person (only about 3 percent of the media is these days), you can read below about the Roethlisberger incident, I've chosen not to make fun of it just yet, so I've written just a standard news story (yes, I am capable of that). Underneath the standard news story is the newest and craziest update from TMZ.com.
Oh and in case you just want the juicy stuff, in italics below is the details of what McNulty alleges happened.
Also, in case you're wondering what kind of girl Ben likes, in the inset are McNulty's myspace stats, she's 5'7", SINGLE!!! and a blonde, although, judging by the picture above, it doesn't look like Ben discriminates.
If bad news keeps following him around after Super Bowl victories, Ben Roethlisberger may not ever want to win another Lombardi Trophy.
Everyone remembers Roethlisberger's motorcycle accident in the offseason following Super Bowl XL. This offseason has brought a new surprise: a sexual assault lawsuit.
Pro Football Talk (an NBC affiliate) has confirmed that a casino employee in Nevada (pictured below) has levied five charges against Roethlisberger. The Steelers' QB was served with the suit this weekend while playing in a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada.
The two-time Super Bowl winner is being charged with one civil count of assault, one civil account of sexual assault and battery, one civil account of false imprisonment, one civil count of false pretenses, and one civil account of intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The complainant, Andrea McNulty, claims that in July 2008 she was called up to Roethlisberger's room to fix a television. While she was up there, McNulty claims Roethlisberger forced her to have sex with him.
Roethlisberger's lawyer David Cornwall vehemently denied the allegations in this statement that was released late Monday night:
"This weekend Andrea McNulty served Ben Roethlisberger with a civil complaint accusing him of sexually assaulting her in July 2008. Ben has never sexually assaulted anyone; especially Andrea McNulty. 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.
"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. 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."
Cornwall makes a solid case for the innocence of his client. The first and most obvious question is: If Roethlisberger is actually guilty, why didn't McNulty file criminal charges? Why go straight after his money?
Keep in mind, these are civil charges. This means that if Roethlisberger was found guilty, the court could only financially punish him, and there would be no jail time.
Details of the allegations became available Tuesday morning and they go as follows:
McNulty claims that Roethlisberger was walking a woman out of his room to an elevator. After the girl reached the elevator, Roethlisberger chatted it up with several Harrah's employee's, including McNulty.
Roethlisberger allegedly told McNulty that the sound sysytem on his TV wasn't working (I've tried that one before Ben, it doesn't work). McNulty told Ben that she would send someone to fix it, but he asked that she do it.
When McNulty couldn't find anyone to send to the room to repair the television, Harrah's staff allegedly told her to go so that Roethlisberger would have no complaints about his stay.
McNulty says that Roethlisberger was in a T-shirt and athletic shorts and that after she tested the TV and sound system, she found nothing to be wrong.
The suit then says that as McNulty tried to exit the room, Roethlisberger, "grabbed [her] and started to kiss her."
McNulty says that Roethlisberger fondled her, pushed her into the bed and then did the deed. She claims she "communicated her objection and lack of consent." She even says she told him, "you don't want to do this."
McNulty says she then told Roethlisberger she wasn't on any type birth control, but apparently Ben calmed any pregnancy fears by telling her, "I'll pull out."
When Roethlisberger asked if there were cameras in the room and McNulty answered, "Yes," Roethisberger allegedly became stern, telling her, "If anyone asks, you fixed my television. You fixed my television, now go."
The alleged incident is said to have taken place on Friday, July 11, 2008. McNulty is seeking $440,000 in the suit.
According to Washoe County's web site, the charges were filed Friday, July 17 at 3:55 p.m., the summons for Roethlisberger was issued three minutes later.
The eight other defendants in the case are: Debbie Neall, Mike Rosenow, Dave Monroe, Mark Masters, Guy Hyder (Harrah's Tahoe Chief of Security), John Koster (President of the Hotel), Stacy Dingman (former director of hotel operations at Harrah's), and Bryan Casuscelli (marketing staffer at Harrah's).
Koster, the president of the hotel, allegedly has such a man crush on Roethlisberger that his head of security, Hyder, says Koster would "suck [Ben's] dick if Roethlisberger would let him."
The big questions for Steelers fans is: If Ben is innocent, will the charges mess with his head as he trains for the upcoming season?*TMZ.com is reporting some crazy stuff, but they always do and there never wrong, from TMZ:
Sources tell us Roethlisberger and McNulty had a sexual liaison at the time but Ben insists it was purely consensual. We're told the two knew each other because Ben had stayed at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe over the last several years for golf tournaments -- and she worked at the hotel.
Lets sum this one up: TMZ says they had sex.
TMZ continued: Sources connected with the case tell us a former co-worker of McNulty's at Harrah's came forward with this incredible story -- that around the time McNulty hooked up with Roethlisberger, she was allegedly involved with a married man.
The man's wife, we're told, created an email account, posing as a U.S. soldier in Iraq. The wife began corresponding with McNulty to gain information.
We're told the former co-worker has said McNulty fell in love with the fictitious soldier and began telling people she was engaged to him.
When the wife stopped the correspondence, McNulty then began telling people the soldier was killed in action.
We're told McNulty told at least one co-worker she began seeing a psychiatrist because of the phantom soldier.
Lets Sum this one Up: Holy Super Bowl Sunday, I don't know if summing this one up is even possible. McNulty told a co-worker she was having an affair. A soldier's wife started sending McNulty emails from a 'fake' soldier.
McNulty thought this soldier was real. McNulty tells friends that her and the fake soldier are engaged. 'Fake' soldier stops emailing her, McNulty tells friends he died in action.
McNulty seeks psychiatric help. WOW. You really can't make this stuff up, trust me, I've tried.
McNulty pic courtesy of tmz.com
Original story broken by profootballtalk.com
my research led me to washoe county web site