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Roethlisberger calls on plaintiff to "abandon her lawsuit"

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. 

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  1. Colinito says: Aug 18, 2009 6:48 PM

    Um yes, if someone falsely accused me of rape I would aggressively defend myself too.
    Kudos to Big Ben. Women who falsely claim rape only make it that much harder for women who actually are victimized to come forward.

  2. Citizen Strange says: Aug 18, 2009 6:49 PM

    To paraphrase Ronald Reagan …
    “Ms. McNulty, abandon this lawsuit!”

  3. samsara76 says: Aug 18, 2009 6:50 PM

    Like I said before. I don’t believe he raped her.
    If a guy or tranny was accusing him it would be believable.

  4. skylark says: Aug 18, 2009 6:50 PM

    You GO, Ben!!!!!!!!

  5. empty13 says: Aug 18, 2009 6:54 PM

    “come on, andrea, babe, lets remember the good times”…
    damn i have to get a ticket for when they come to detroit…

  6. bones56 says: Aug 18, 2009 6:57 PM

    well it looks pretty clear that they got the goods on this broad, i hope he put her and her kid out on they’re ass after he file a counter suit.
    and florio watching what u typed in the brett presser was total bull shit u want this guy to be a rapist so bad it sickens me, what did he touch u in a “no no” area and u where to scared to speak up about it.
    with PFT’s rising fame i would be a little worried about throwing a guy under the bus in a case like this. u might one day find a girl that is a big football fan sees PFT is getting big, maybe smells some money and accuses u of being a rapist, scary thought huh

  7. Brewster says: Aug 18, 2009 6:58 PM

    Time to take a break Florio.
    It’s a good thing you own this website. If an employee posted this piece they’d be, or at least should be reprimanded.
    That second paragraph is priceless. Did you forget the part about building a foundation for your stories? McNulty and the fictous soldier, who is McNulty, there is no prior reference to a McNulty or a made up soldier.
    Write it for the reader. The writer knows what they’re trying to say. Just make sure the reader understands what you’re trying to say.

  8. EskinSux says: Aug 18, 2009 7:02 PM

    Was he wearing a helmet when he hit it?

  9. Barrack Billick says: Aug 18, 2009 7:32 PM

    Yeah Florio, take a tip from ESPN and protect our precious! Don’t you have any leftover PacMan stories you could run instead? Those are funny!
    Sincerely,
    Sniveling Homoerotic Stillerfans

  10. EskinSux says: Aug 18, 2009 7:34 PM

    That silence you hear in Shittsburg….Shhh……..Hear it?……It’s growing louder, louder by the minute…Hide the children, Hide the women, Hide the valuables…Hell, it’s an all out blitz to the library……All the unemployed losers need internet access, Florio has posted a story about Big Ben, it’s a rite of passage passed down, from generation to generation…..Stand tall, tell them how every team has a peice of shit, but our women beating, weed smoking, dog gnarling, rapist players are beyond reproach……We are the Shittsburgh Stellers,we will sure as hell slam a turd, but are players aren’t, you just are biased…….

  11. stanjam says: Aug 18, 2009 7:37 PM

    Have to agree Brewster. Not having followed the story closely at all, this piece left me a bit confused. No idea at all what was really said, besides the allegation that the girl wrote some emails after the alleged rape.

  12. straverse says: Aug 18, 2009 7:41 PM

    WTF are you talking about in that 2nd paragraph? This from the same guy who constantly ragged on Emmitt Smith for butchering the English language. He could never reach the level of goobledygook you just did.

  13. kayC says: Aug 18, 2009 7:42 PM

    The emails are available to read on the Reno Gazette Journal. They pretty much shut the book on the case– I can’t imagine her not dropping the suit.

  14. ernie cohen says: Aug 18, 2009 7:45 PM

    Filing is at http://www.rgj.com/assets/pdf/J7140734818.PDF
    If these can be authenticated, it’s all over.

  15. mrmagoo says: Aug 18, 2009 8:05 PM

    EskinSux says:
    August 18, 2009 7:02 PM
    Was he wearing a helmet when he hit it?
    ____________________
    You get a gold star, sir. That made me laugh.

  16. Darth Ringo says: Aug 18, 2009 8:12 PM

    “dog gnarling”? WTF?

  17. mborz says: Aug 18, 2009 8:33 PM

    @ernie cohen: Thanks for the link, I read the document.
    You are right, if these can be authenticated, it’s all over.
    I know content from emails can be used in court, it was used in a case where I was a juror.
    I think it’s highly unlikely that the contents of that PDF are made up. I imagine it came directly from the email provider and is probably already deemed authentic or the defense team would have never published it.

  18. ppdoc13 says: Aug 18, 2009 8:34 PM

    Poor Jen Rapistburger. Time to crank up the media machine.

  19. PARavensJeff says: Aug 18, 2009 8:35 PM

    Why doesn’t he get Harrison to sick his pit bull on her? What a scumbug, love all the Stiller fans saying they know he didn’t do, like they were there.

  20. Wrathchild says: Aug 18, 2009 8:38 PM

    Oh, that old trick. The ol’, just ask them not to sue you and maybe they won’t routine.

  21. ernie cohen says: Aug 18, 2009 8:56 PM

    A correction: it was just a public statement, not a filing.
    But this still doesn’t add up. Why did they wait so long to produce these? Why didn’t they tell McNulty’s attourney they had them long ago? Why didn’t McNulty didn’t drop the case as soon as they realized that the defense had them?

  22. EskinSux says: Aug 18, 2009 9:18 PM

    I know they are only relavent when they can enhance your pathetic lives…….But it true Letterman fashion……………Let’s give a top ten….
    10.The youngest of the Steelers to die was 36-year-old Justin Strzelczyk, a tackle who had a series of run-ins with the law after he retired. He died after a 40-mile, high-speed chase on the New York Thruway in September 2004. Driving his Ford F-250 pickup at speeds in excess of 100 mph, Strzelczyk made obscene gestures and tossed beer bottles at the police following him. The chase came to a fiery end when, while on the wrong side of the road, he slammed into a tanker truck.
    9. Terry Long, 45, an offensive guard whose eight-year career was derailed by a positive test for steroids, committed suicide in Pittsburgh in June 2005 by drinking antifreeze. Twice divorced, he had serious legal problems stemming from his failed food-processing business and had made two previous suicide attempts.
    8.
    Some were as much pioneers as players. Gilliam was among the NFL’s first black quarterbacks. He started for Pittsburgh in 1974 before Terry Bradshaw reclaimed the job.
    When Gilliam’s career ended, his life took a downward turn. He struggled with addictions to cocaine and heroin, and sometimes was homeless. In 1995, he was discovered sleeping in a cardboard box under a bridge in Nashville.
    7.An All-Pro center who played in a franchise-record 220 games, “Iron Mike” was known for playing bare-armed no matter how cold the conditions, and for dominating larger defenders. He paid a price, however. Doctors said the battering he had taken damaged the frontal lobe of his brain, affecting his attention span and concentration. That likely contributed to the many setbacks he endured after his career, among them a failed marriage, a string of bad investments, and occasional homelessness.
    Also after his career, he admitted he tried anabolic steroids as a player, but maintained they were not responsible for his condition. He died of a heart attack in September 2002.
    6.For years, the Steelers have been dogged by rumors that several of them used performance-enhancing drugs in the 1970s. In an interview last year, Jim Haslett, then coach of the New Orleans Saints, admitted to experimenting with steroids as a Buffalo linebacker, and said the use of those drugs among NFL players started with the Steelers.
    5.
    Peter Furness told the Providence Journal last year that he suspects his brother, Steve, who played defensive tackle for the Steelers from 1972 through ’81, used steroids. Steve Furness died in 2000.
    4.For years, Courson was Mr. Steeler. He played in Pittsburgh from 1977 through ’83, when he was part of two championship teams. In the last few years of his life, however, he stopped wearing his Super Bowl rings and contemplated starting over in the mountains of Colorado. He felt betrayed, his girlfriend said, by his teammates’ refusal to come clean about their steroid use.
    3.James Harrison……Epitaphyet to be determined. But handwriting on the wall.
    2. Santonio Holmes…Weed smokin woman beating thug, one catch gives him maybe two years….
    1. Ben Rapistburger……Too damn stupid to know the difference…
    Yeah………..Classy as can be

  23. BP says: Aug 18, 2009 9:22 PM

    Rapistburger and his legal lackey should be careful. The woman’s lawyer has declared he wants to do this in court, not through the media. Something like this might change his mind. Her lawyer just might have something up his sleeve he has been waiting to unveil at the right time. This type of thing could make the right time, now. Never underestimate how truly stupid rapist boy is. For all we know he bragged about raping her to somebody.

  24. moral-authority says: Aug 18, 2009 9:27 PM

    The real problem here people is that the next woman’s allegations will be valid, but golddiggers like this one crying wolf cast doubts on a serious subject. She should be countersued. Championship!

  25. BP says: Aug 18, 2009 9:31 PM

    The stealers “are the New World Order in the NFL”?
    So the league will from now on determine the champ by bad calls?
    Or will every playoff run be against teams with a combined 28-20 record?

  26. C.Bass says: Aug 18, 2009 9:56 PM

    Eskinsux and BP: You feel better now? DOes it make you feel tough to talk smack on a message board? Do you brag to your mom or pretend girfriend about your posts?
    Wow, you guys really need a life.
    Eskin: You can make that list about any team. Big deal. You just wasted 15 minutes of your life. Just like everytime you’ve opened your mouth, no one cares. Go buy a dog. Maybe he’ll play with you.
    BP: Never underestiamte how stupid Ben is? You think this latest move was his idea? Or maybe it was his lawyer who makes millions dealing with these situations.
    Sound like 2 jealous, loser fans. Sorry losers, Steelers now have 6 SBs.

  27. EskinSux says: Aug 18, 2009 10:09 PM

    actually C Bass……it took less than a minute…..just took you 15 minutes to read it…….

  28. Cleveland Sucks aka Philly Sewer Rat1 says: Aug 18, 2009 10:11 PM

    MAN, Big Ben really messed this woman up!

  29. mborz says: Aug 18, 2009 10:12 PM

    ernie cohen said: “But this still doesn’t add up. Why did they wait so long to produce these? Why didn’t they tell McNulty’s attourney they had them long ago? Why didn’t McNulty didn’t drop the case as soon as they realized that the defense had them?”
    Why do you say the defense team had this information for a long time? Did they state that somewhere specifically?
    To get these details, I’d think they’d have to go through legal channels with the email provider to get approval to release the information, then I think the provider is given a certain period of time to provide the data. After that, the defense team would have to weed through all of it to find the relevant pieces to put in the report.
    This is, of course, speculation on my part. I’ve been involved in providing archived computer data for trials before, but I have no idea what kind of process had to be followed up to that point. I would just be asked by superiors if I could get it and then would be given a deadline by which to have it done.

  30. BP says: Aug 18, 2009 10:17 PM

    C.Bass
    My remark about how stupid Rapistburger is was about the possibility he might have said something incriminating, not about his stupid lawyer’s tactic to go medieval on this woman in the media. Is english a second language for you?
    Dumb as a stump QB: dumb as a stump fans, I guess.
    6 SBs? And how were them stealers before those 6 steroid laden, bad call or lame opponent SBs?
    The stealers were the laughing stock of sports before steroids were invented.
    Nobody is jealous of the wife beating, rapist, cheap-shot stealers.

  31. pancake 14 says: Aug 18, 2009 10:23 PM

    Mike, you might want to check out the latest…
    According to several very reliable sources in both Washoe and Douglas Counties, Ms McNulty is seeking to withdraw her complaint and Cal Dunlap is not letting her!! unbelievable– this ambulance chaser is going to fight this to the death!

  32. dlman91 says: Aug 18, 2009 10:54 PM

    Do you seriously think you are clever for coming up with “Rapistberger” and “Stealers”? You’re probably the same guy who thinks “Cindy Crysby” is funny.
    It’s very clear that Ben is innocent and this nutjob was just looking for a handout. This kind of thing happens to athletes more than it should because they have money and slutty women want it.
    Just for the record BP, you’re not going to change the fact that the Steelers have 6 Super Bowl titles and whatever team you cheer for has less. Jealousy is an ugly thing. Just stop, you’re embarrassing yourself. Go crawl back under whatever trailer you came from and leave the discussion to the adults.

  33. SixBurghDude says: Aug 18, 2009 11:04 PM

    LOVE IT!
    All you whining little bitches who have nothing better to do than hate the NFL’s model & most successful franchise, all because your pathetic teams just don’t measure up…you TOOLS are too ignorant to realize that all your cryin’ & whinin’ amuses the F*CK out of SteelerNation……BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
    Steelers >your sorry-ass team…any ???

  34. mrmagoo says: Aug 18, 2009 11:08 PM

    EskinSux says:
    August 18, 2009 7:34 PM
    That silence you hear in Shittsburg….Shhh……..Hear it?……It’s growing louder, louder by the minute…Hide the children, Hide the women, Hide the valuables…Hell, it’s an all out blitz to the library……All the unemployed losers need internet access, Florio has posted a story about Big Ben, it’s a rite of passage passed down, from generation to generation…..Stand tall, tell them how every team has a peice of shit, but our women beating, weed smoking, dog gnarling, rapist players are beyond reproach……We are the Shittsburgh Stellers,we will sure as hell slam a turd, but are players aren’t, you just are biased…….
    _______________________
    Larry King, you make me laugh when you drunk post like this. You’re on fire tonight!

  35. Cleveland Sucks aka Philly Sewer Rat1 says: Aug 18, 2009 11:30 PM

    I’m going to become a Browns fan. Ben is a jerk.

  36. kayC says: Aug 19, 2009 12:01 AM

    EskinSux says:
    August 18, 2009 7:34 PM
    That silence you hear in Shittsburg….Shhh……..Hear it?……It’s growing louder, louder by the minute…Hide the children, Hide the women, Hide the valuables…Hell, it’s an all out blitz to the library……All the unemployed losers need internet access, Florio has posted a story about Big Ben, it’s a rite of passage passed down, from generation to generation…..Stand tall, tell them how every team has a peice of shit, but our women beating, weed smoking, dog gnarling, rapist players are beyond reproach……We are the Shittsburgh Stellers,we will sure as hell slam a turd, but are players aren’t, you just are biased…….
    _______________________
    Holy shit. This is one of the creepiest, most incoherent things I’ve ever read. Is this seriously what the internet does to people?

  37. stiller43 says: Aug 19, 2009 12:23 AM

    BP,
    You can only beat the teams that you play. How about in ’05 when they beat the 1, 2, and 3 seeds in the AFC and the 1 in the NFC? Was that good enough for you? Oh wait, that’s when they cheated and paid the refs or whatever your said excuse I’m sure you’ll have is.

  38. tk1966 says: Aug 19, 2009 2:44 AM

    I think that’s the last we’ll hear from EskinSux tonight – his mom went down to the basement and made him go to bed because he has school in the morning.

  39. overkil2 says: Aug 19, 2009 8:37 AM

    This chick has nothing especially after reading that pdf file.
    Why did Ben’s lawyer put it out to the public insted of waiting for the trial? Well, if the bitch and her lawyer see it, there is a good chance that they know they are screwed and will drop the lawsuit, hence no trial.
    I would counter-sue the bitch. for Defamation of character and include lawyer fees.

  40. SixBurghDude says: Aug 19, 2009 12:33 PM

    EskinSux……SuxEskin

  41. The Rural Juror says: Aug 19, 2009 1:12 PM

    Has Goodell made any anouncements about the suspension of Steeler’s Kicker Jeff Reed yet?
    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09046/949348-66.stm

  42. Holeinone09 says: Aug 19, 2009 3:17 PM

    As I and many other clear-headed people said here, Ben is innocent. The facts are now coming out about this lying money-grabbing women who merely tried to throw a bunch of shit on a wall against a lot of people in the hopes they would settle.
    I also honestly think Ben doesn’t even want to punish this woman for lying, he just wants her to admit she lied and drop the suit. That is why his attorney made that statement. The texts and the filed statement from the other women witness seals the deal in Ben’s favor.
    It’s pretty clear Ben meant what he said when he made his statement. He won’t have to settle and is not guilty. He is not a dope like some posters here apparently are who giggled like little girls when they they Ben might be in trouble. Well, too bad folks, Ben will be around for enough super bowl rings for both hands.
    Oh yeah, super bowl win number 7 comes this season! Get over it people, you can’t stop it.

  43. SixBurghDude says: Aug 19, 2009 3:18 PM

    The Rural Juror says:
    Has Goodell made any anouncements about the suspension of Steeler’s Kicker Jeff Reed yet?
    Nope! Has anyone from the league office questioned BeliCHEAT about his penchant for eating Jon Bon Jovi’s sloppy mangina every time the opportunity presents itself ???

  44. Markle says: Aug 19, 2009 6:21 PM

    Roethlisberger’s lawyer releases e-mails in defense
    Wednesday, August 19, 2009
    By Dan Majors and Amy McConnell Schaarsmith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Less than 24 hours after she claims she was sexually assaulted by Ben Roethlisberger, his accuser sent an e-mail saying she was preparing to go to dinner with the Steelers quarterback and a few others, according to Mr. Roethlisberger’s lawyer.
    The note was among nearly two dozen e-mails and more than 150 instant messages that were released yesterday by Mr. Roethlisberger’s lawyer, William David Cornwell Sr., of Atlanta.
    “This golf tournament has been really fun,” the woman said in her e-mail discussing the celebrity golf tournament Mr. Roethlisberger was attending in Lake Tahoe, Nev. “I am beat though because we are out until four in the morning by the time we are done.
    “I am really excited because we are all going to see Journey tonight and that will be sooooo much fun. Speaking of which, I need to head over to a dinner with [Mr. Roethlisberger] and a few others before heading out. I will be back and working until at least 3am again.”
    The e-mails’ tone and contents, Mr. Cornwell said, “prove she was not raped by Ben Roethlisberger.”
    Calvin R.X. Dunlap, the Reno, Nev.-based attorney for the plaintiff, did not return a request for comment last night. The Post-Gazette does not name alleged victims of sexual assault.
    Mr. Roethlisberger has been sued in a civil complaint by a 31-year-old employee of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, who alleged that he raped her in his hotel room during a celebrity golf tournament last summer. The woman also sued eight co-workers who she said helped cover it up.
    In her complaint, the plaintiff said the assault occurred “at or about 10:40 p.m.” on July 11, 2008. The e-mail discussing the dinner with Mr. Roethlisberger and others was time-stamped at 6:43 p.m. the next day.
    Mr. Cornwell said in a statement that “sexual assault cases often hinge on ‘she said, he said,’ ” and the e-mails from Mr. Roethlisberger’s accuser “directly refute the scurrilous allegations made in her complaint.”
    When asked about the authenticity of the e-mails that he released to news outlets, Mr. Cornwell replied in an e-mail to the Post-Gazette: “We have a good-faith basis to believe that these are [the plaintiff’s] communications.”
    In a request for a change of venue filed in Reno, Nev., last week, Mr. Roethlisberger’s attorneys pointed to a series of e-mails between the plaintiff and “a fictional soldier” that they said led to her having a “psychological breakdown.”
    According to an eight-page affidavit filed by Angela Antonetti, a former co-worker and friend of Mr. Roethlisberger’s accuser, the online relationship was a hoax played upon the accuser by the wife of a married man with whom she’d had an affair.
    “Soldier Ben,” in the e-mails, is identified as the fictitious “Ben Millikan,” who sent the plaintiff romantic and playful messages that led her to believe he would marry her upon his return from Iraq.
    The e-mails released by Mr. Roethlisberger’s lawyer begin July 9, two days before the woman claims she was raped, continue through the days after the alleged assault, and end five months later on Dec. 15.
    Mr. Cornwell used the e-mails to point out what he said are contradictions between what Mr. Roethlisberger’s accuser claims in her lawsuit and what she said in the exchanges with “Ben Millikan.”
    For example, he said, the accuser’s complaint indicates that the alleged assault “took place on July 11, 2008, at or after 10:40 p.m.” — after which, she said, she left the building, “and went to her truck, in the parking lot, and drove away, very distraught and crying.”
    Yet in an e-mail to “Ben Millikan” at 12:41 a.m., about two hours later, Mr. Cornwell said, the plaintiff wrote: “aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh I finally got away.”
    In another e-mail nine minutes later, she wrote: “hahah I was just reading this and noticed you said ‘tiored widdle bwue eyes …’ ”
    Mr. Cornwell also said, “Five months after she claims Mr. Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her, [the plaintiff] apparently tells Ben Millikan: ‘I would date Ben Roethlisberger,'” if her online boyfriend and she broke up.
    When “Ben Millikan” makes light of her claim, she informs him, “I’m dead serious. … [Mr. Roethlisberger] said he would take me to this place he has in Wyoming and they horseback into this fishing hole and camp.”
    Mr. Cornwell said the e-mails “are merely the tip of the investigative iceberg” and that the plaintiff “should abandon her lawsuit immediately and admit that Ben Roethlisberger did not rape her.”
    In a court filing Monday in Reno, an attorney for Stacy Dingman, one of the Harrah’s employees sued in the case, asked a court to dismiss the counts against her. Ms. Dingman, who no longer works for Harrah’s, was sued by her former co-worker for intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, trespass, defamation and conspiracy.

  45. Alpha-omega says: Aug 23, 2009 10:09 AM

    Hey Ben, Word of Caution about throwing a pass to a female wide reciever that is a free agent and has a attorney as there agent. They often drop the ball and blame it on the passer. Hope they adjust the stats.

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