In a statement released by lawyer David Cornwell, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger takes a howitzer to the lawsuit filed against him alleging sexual assault.
Cornwell attaches to his statement e-mail messages sent by McNulty to the fictitious soldier, who had been fabricated by the wife of a man with whom the plaintiff supposedly had been involved.
Says Cornwell: “We believe that [the plaintiff's] own words directly refute the scurrilous allegations made in her Complaint. The attached documents, containing what we believe are [the plaintiff's] own words, are merely the tip of the investigative iceberg.
“[The plaintiff] should abandon her lawsuit immediately and admit that Ben Roethlisberger did not rape her.”
Per Cornwell, the plaintiff wrote two days after the alleged sexual assault that she was looking forward to having dinner with Roethlisberger and other celebrities attending the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.
Then, five months after the alleged assault, she wrote that she “would date Ben Roethlisberger” if the made-up soldier were to end their relationship.
We’ll be looking over the e-mails and possibly adding more details and analysis. For now, it’s clear that Cornwell and Roethlisberger are adopting a very aggressive posture. It remains to be seen whether it works.