Details of a lawsuit filed this weekend by Harrah’s employee, Andrea McNulty that accuses Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault slowly began to trickle out late yesterday. Here’s what we know so far about the July 2008 incident.
McNulty alleges that Roethlisberger asked her to come to his hotel room to fix the television, and that he thereafter forced her to have sex with him.
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 intentional infliction of emtional distress.
Interestingly, no criminal charges have been filed as of yet and that fact is, according to Big Ben’s lawyer, David Cornwell, evidence that Ben is indeed innocent.
“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.”
Surely, this issue will heat up in the weeks to come. With the 2009 season so close, could we be heading down a Kobe-like road?