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    Steelers QB accused of sexual assault in Georgia

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is being investigated in an allegation of sexual assault at a Georgia nightclub, police said Friday.

    Officers said the alleged assault occurred early Friday morning in Milledgeville, about 85 miles southeast of Atlanta. The player owns a home nearby.

    The two-time Super Bowl champion and some of his friends were seen visiting local restaurants and bars Thursday night.

    "He's been identified as being at the scene and there are allegations naming him as the perpetrator," Deputy Chief Richard Malone said.

    Malone said Roethlisberger had been with three other people who were mingling with another group that included the alleged victim. Malone said the woman and her party contacted a nearby police officer following the alleged assault.

    Several areas of the bar were considered a crime scene, but Malone would not elaborate.

    Roethlisberger and the alleged victim have been interviewed and the woman was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released, Malone said.

    Separately, Roethlisberger has been sued by a woman who claims he raped her in 2008 at a Lake Tahoe hotel. The Steelers star denies those allegations and has asked for counter-damages.

    "Last night, Ben and his friends met a group of women and everyone mingled together throughout the evening," the player's agent, Ryan Tollner, said in the statement.

    "We have spoken to law enforcement. Based on information currently available, an allegation was made against Ben, which appeared to be dismissed after a preliminary investigation last night. Obviously, given the prior accusation against Ben, we are skeptical of motive, but we will continue to cooperate with everyone involved."

    Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett said the team was gathering information and had no more comment.

    The owner of a restaurant near the nightclub said Roethlisberger and some of his friends came in earlier Thursday night.

    "He was very polite with everybody," said Frank Pendergrast, owner of The Brick. "He was down here from about 11:30 until about 1:30 having a good time, talking to a lot of people. Looked like he was signing autographs and letting people take pictures. Other than that, it was really uneventful."

    Pittsburgh's first-round draft pick out of Miami of Ohio in 2004, Roethlisberger led the Steelers to Super Bowl victories at the end of the 2006 and 2008 seasons. But while he's been a huge success on the field, Roethlisberger has had his share of problems off it.

    Besides the Lake Tahoe allegations, Roethlisberger broke his jaw and several other facial bones in 2006 when he got into a motorcycle crash while driving without a valid license.

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    I wonder if the media will quickly forget about this rape allegation like they did the last one, since it doesn't involve Tiger Woods' sex life.

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    As a Bengals fan i'm predisposed to hate The Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger. However.. I do wonder have to wonder if these new allegations are true. The first allegations had a lot of holes and the girl appeared to be lying.

    Dude just needs to stay at home!

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    the girl that is accusing him is 20. She was club hopping with Benny boy and was 20.

    somethings just off here. and i dont think its Ben.
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    Hmm......I dunno. I really thought he was being railroaded the first time, but not so sure anymore. Uncool..

    Chick shouldn't have been in a bar, period. But clearly, there are ways around that. Especially if you are with a sports superstar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnieD View Post
    Hmm......I dunno. I really thought he was being railroaded the first time, but not so sure anymore. Uncool..

    Chick shouldn't have been in a bar, period. But clearly, there are ways around that. Especially if you are with a sports superstar.
    Seems to me once you get railroaded that opens the door really wide for it to happen again. Almost like a giant red flag. He is dimwitted not to have a bodyguard/witness in tow if he wanted to go out bar hopping. Hard to say, but the police arn't acting like he is a threat to the public.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msdeb View Post
    the girl that is accusing him is 20. She was club hopping with Benny boy and was 20.
    Yeah I was thinking about that, too.

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    Ben Roethlisberger has admitted to having "sexual contact" with the woman who accuses him of sexual assault, according to KDKA in Pittsburgh. The Steelers quarterback denies having sexual intercourse with the accuser.

    According to the report, Roethlisberger claims the woman fell and hurt her head following their sexual contact. She immediately visited a hospital and accused the two-time Super Bowl champion of the assault.

    Police are seeking a DNA sample from the Steelers QB, and have seized security camera footage from the bar where the assault allegedly took place. Meanwhile, the agent for teammate Willie Colon, who was with Roethlisberger the night of the incident, says the lineman has "no knowledge of the incident and his name should not be brought up about this incident again."

    Ben Roethlisberger Had 'Sexual Contact' With Assault Accuser: Report
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    After awhile though, tend to wonder why trouble keeps following him. You think the Steelers will keep him for the next season?

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    Default Ben Roethlisberger accuser says she told him ‘no’

    MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP)—The young woman who accused Ben Roethlisberger(notes) of sexual assault said she tried to get away from the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and told him “no, this is not OK,” according to police documents released Thursday.

    In a statement to police on March 5, the 20-year-old college student said Roethlisberger encouraged her, and her friends, to take numerous shots of alcohol. Then one of his bodyguards escorted her into a hallway at the Capital City nightclub, sat her on a stool and left. She said Roethlisberger walked down the hallway and exposed himself.

    “I told him it wasn’t ok, no, we don’t need to do this and I proceeded to get up and try to leave,” she said. “I went to the first door I saw, which happened to be a bathroom.”

    According to her statement, Roethlisberger then followed her into the bathroom and shut the door.

    “I still said no, this is not OK, and he then had sex with me,” she wrote. “He said it was OK. He then left without saying anything.”

    The woman’s statements were among hundreds of pages of the case file made public Thursday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

    Two of her friends said they saw a bodyguard lead her into the hallway and then saw Roethlisberger follow. They said they couldn’t see their friend but knew she was drunk and were worried about her.

    Ann Marie Lubatti told police she approached one of Roethlisberger’s two bodyguards and said, “This isn’t right. My friend is back there with Ben. She needs to come back right now.”

    She said the bodyguard wouldn’t look her in the eye and said he didn’t know what she was talking about. The GBI later identified that bodyguard as Ed Joyner, and the GBI also determined that the man who led Roethlisberger’s accuser down the hallway was Anthony Barravecchio. Joyner is a Pennsylvania trooper and Barravecchio is an officer on the force in the Pittsburgh suburb of Coraopolis.

    Attorney Michael Santicola, who represents Barravecchio but said Joyner also is a longtime friend, confirmed on March 10 that the two officers were present, but not in an official capacity. He said the two men are friends with Roethlisberger and did not witness any criminal activity or inappropriate behavior. He said the officers “have no memory” of meeting his accuser.

    Lt. Myra A. Taylor, a spokeswoman for Pennsylvania State Police, said Thursday night the agency is getting a copy of the investigative report from Georgia authorities. “We will thoroughly review the report and determine if there is a violation of Department regulations on the part of Trooper Edward Joyner,” she said.

    Earlier this week, prosecutors said no charges would be filed against Roethlisberger, who has denied the accusations through his attorney. Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright said Monday the woman’s accusations could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and that the woman had asked him not to pursue the case. Roethlisberger also is being sued in civil court by a former Nevada hotel employee for an alleged sexual assault in 2008. No criminal charges were filed in that case.

    According to the investigators’ summary of events, Roethlisberger friend Brad Aurila had a conversation with the quarterback when they returned to his house that night and asked him why police showed up at the nightclub. In an interview with police, Aurila said Roethlisberger told him nothing had happened and that he “was in the back with a girl and they were ‘messing around.”’ Aurila said he “took ‘messing around’ to mean ‘kissing, whatever.”’

    In her first statement to police hours after the incident, the woman said she and her friends first saw Roethlisberger at Velvet Elvis.

    “He then met us at the Brick and called us a ‘tease.’ Eventually, we saw him at the Capital City and saw him there. We said ‘hey’ and he started talking to (redacted) (nothing in particular) and his bodyguard took him back to the room w/ bathroom,” she wrote. “I said, ‘I don’t know if this is a good idea’ and he said, ‘It’s OK.’ He had sex with me and meanwhile his bodyguards told my friends they couldn’t pass them to get to me.”

    In a second statement on March 5, the woman went into more detail about the encounters with Roethlisberger, saying that he made “crude, sexual remarks” when the two groups encountered each other at the second bar, before they went to Capital City.

    There, Roethlisberger was surrounded by women, according to statements made by the accuser’s friends.

    “At the back of Capital City, the room was blocked off for him and females only,” Nicole Biancofiore wrote in a statement to police.

    After the accuser emerged from the bar and told Biancofiore and Lubatti about the encounter, the women left.

    “I walked up to the first cop car we saw and told them what happened,” Lubatti said in a statement.

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reviewing the matter and Steelers president Art Rooney II said Thursday that the league and team probably won’t settle on any punishment until after next week’s draft.

    “When we get to the point where we have agreed with the commissioner on what that action will be, that’s when it will be imposed,” Rooney said. “After imposing an appropriate level of discipline and outlining the steps we feel will be necessary to be successful as a player and a person, we intend to allow Ben the opportunity to prove to us he is the teammate and citizen we all believe he is capable of being.”

    Rooney said the team is prepared to discipline Roethlisberger now, but will wait for the league’s decision. Roethlisberger told him that he will accept the punishment, Rooney said.

    Sparked partly by the Roethlisberger incident, Goodell sent a memo last week to NFL owners, executives and head coaches emphasizing the importance of the league’s personal conduct policy. According to the memo, which was first reported by the New York Times, the absence of criminal charges is not enough to excuse poor behavior.

    “Unfortunately, in recent weeks there have been several negative incidents,” the memo stated. “These incidents include subjects that we have previously identified as particularly troublesome, such as alcohol-related offenses, allegations of violence against women, and weapons offenses. … The policy makes clear that NFL and club personnel must do more than simply avoid criminal behavior. We must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, that promotes the values upon which the league is based, and is lawful.”

    The Roethlisberger case has infuriated the Steelers.

    “I have made it clear to Ben that his conduct in this incident did not live up to our standards,” Rooney said. “We have made it very clear to Ben that there will be consequence for his actions, and Ben has indicated to us he is willing to accept those consequences.”

    Ben Roethlisberger accuser says she told him 'no' - NFL - Yahoo! Sports

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