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Roethlisberger wants plaintiff to cooperate in effort against her lawyer

Publicly, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, through lawyer David Cornwell, has demanded that the woman accusing Roethlisberger of sexual assault abandon the case, based on e-mail messages that tend to undercut her claims.

Privately, Roethlisberger’s legal team is making a more pointed effort to end the case against him — and possibly to launch a case against the lawyer representing his accuser.

In a motion filed Thursday, attorney Calvin Dunlap says that the player’s legal team made a “settlement offer” this week.  But it apparently wasn’t the traditional “we pay you money and you leave us alone” approach. 

Per the Reno Gazette-Journal, the settlement letter includes two separate proposals

The first proposal calls for the plaintiff to dismiss her suit and sign a release of all legal claims.

The
second proposal offers to release all claims against the plaintiff “if she cooperates with Roethlisberger in
his claims against Dunlap for extortion, abuse of process, malicious
prosecution and defamation.”

In other words, Roethlisberger and company are hoping to persuade the plaintiff to admit that the whole thing has been fabricated — and that Dunlap either knew or should have known that the case should not have been pursued.

Frankly, the strategy has created a potential conflict of interest for Dunlap.  How can he properly advise the plaintiff on whether to accept the deal when, if she takes it, he’ll immediately become a target?  At a minimum, the plaintiff should engage separate and neutral counsel to help her sort this all out, since depending on the truth it might be in her best interests to throw in the towel — and to then help Roethlisberger and his lawyers pursue potential remedies against Dunlap.

So will this thing go away quickly, or will it hang around for a while?  It’s the topic of one of the PFTV segments this week.  Cue the NBC video player.

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  1. Kidekk says: Aug 22, 2009 11:01 AM

    I’m glad you’re presenting this with the same fervor as when the initial reports came out. And, Ben is doing what every person who is ever wrongfully, as this is turning out to be, accused of anything should be doing: holding a grudge and going after every last person involved in this alleged scam. To me, it’s not enough to just clear your name. You destroy the people who were trying to destroy you. Ben shouldn’t be expected to be above that beacuse it’s, allegedly, a stain on his reputation so he should be out for blood. Don’t start something if you know you can’t finish it.

  2. VoxVeritas says: Aug 22, 2009 11:02 AM

    It would seem that Frankenberger and his crack legal team are very afraid to let this thing get to trial.

  3. Jungle Juice says: Aug 22, 2009 11:13 AM

    How could that possibly be legal to try and pit a plaintiff against their own counsel? Every lawyer would use this tactic.

  4. JimmyAlfo says: Aug 22, 2009 11:41 AM

    Of course they don’t want it to go to trial.
    This women lied, Ben is innocent..no need to drag it out any further.
    If it goes to trial, that is just more distraction Ben has to face.
    They have this woman pinned, why not get them while their down.

  5. gameday says: Aug 22, 2009 11:41 AM

    Actually this is brilliant strategy from Big Ben’s legal team. They essentially are driving a wedge between the accusor and her attorney.

  6. i'm president charlie! says: Aug 22, 2009 11:44 AM

    “it might be in her best interests to throw in the (TERRIBLE!) towel”
    I think Reba should be Andrea’s attorney.

  7. DanRooney says: Aug 22, 2009 11:47 AM

    Aww looks like the “rapistburger” chanters gotta apologize to Ben and the Steeler fans :(

  8. fc1_87 says: Aug 22, 2009 11:50 AM

    VoxVeritas wrote
    “It would seem that Frankenberger and his crack legal team are very afraid to let this thing get to trial.”
    Your an idiot!
    Most any lawyer would rather a case be settled out of court. No matter how strong a case. Especially a civil case. The burdon of proof is not as tough and in the case of jury trial only 9 of 12 jurors need to agree.
    How many times has a lawyer been able to convince enough people on a jury to vote for a plaintiff even when the evidence is not that strong.

  9. SixBurghDude says: Aug 22, 2009 11:58 AM

    VoxVeritas says:
    “It would seem that Frankenberger and his crack legal team are very afraid to let this thing get to trial.”
    ________________________________________________
    But not nearly as afraid as you are, that it’s blatantly obvious at this point, that he’s done nothing illegal in this case. Thus exposing TOOLS like yourself as nothing more than a lynch mob, based on the ignorance you’ve posted on this matter the past several weeks…face it, FOOL, you’re a lifeless loser who’s only purpose in life is to react to the misfortunes of others, in other words you’re a parasite!

  10. mborz says: Aug 22, 2009 12:04 PM

    VoxVeritas said: “It would seem that Frankenberger and his crack legal team are very afraid to let this thing get to trial.”
    You’re assuming they’re pushing so hard now because they’re afraid of a trial?
    That’s silly.
    They’re doing what any good defense team would do right now – try to get things resolved as quickly as possible. The sooner they get it resolved, the sooner the distractions go away for their client.
    I’m sure they’d like to avoid a trial if possible, as would any other sane group of people in their shoes. But it doesn’t mean they’re afraid of one.
    How about this…
    It would seem that Vox very plainly remembers the two fourth quarter comebacks that Ben engineered during the only two times he’s played the Cowboys.
    It would seem that Vox is very afraid that Ben won’t still have this mess hanging over him the next time he meets the Cowboys.

  11. CincyJungle says: Aug 22, 2009 12:04 PM

    Excellent strategy by Roethlisberger’s attorneys.
    It allows public cover so that if the case is dismissed by the plaintiff and they make no further comment, it appears they won the case.
    The truth however is if the case is dismissed and we hear nothing else about it, a financial settlement will have been reached where the defendant(s) Roethlisberger and Harrah’s employee’s paid plaintiff to settle the case. I will explain.
    1.) Cornwell’s 1st proposal is that she simply abandon the case and all claims against Roethilsberger.
    In this scenario, there would be no reason for Roethilsberger and his attorney not to publicly disclose that the plaintiff abandoned the case and agreed to make no future claims.
    2.) Cornwell’s 2nd proposal is that she abandon the case and actually support Roethilsberger in a civil suit against her attorney on Ben’s behalf.
    In this scenario, we would know that Ben filed a civil lawsuit against his accuser’s attorney and if the accuser was cooperating to support Ben in this lawsuit. It would be in the public for all to see.
    CASE DISMISSED BY PLAINTIFF + SILENCE (No comment, just glad to have this behind us) = FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT was reached.
    Ben hasn’t denied anywhere to having sex with this woman. It seems apparent that he is anxious to have this case gone and writing a check would be the quickest way to make it go away, but since he is such a public figure he can’t allow it to appear that he wrote a check.
    Excellent strategy by Roethlisberger’s attorneys.

  12. Inept_guy says: Aug 22, 2009 12:11 PM

    I think that it is funny that people are making comments on the attempt to end this as soon as possible by Ben. No attorney in any case wants to go to trial, unless they are only looking for publicity. Trials cost money for both sides.
    Jungle Juice says:
    “How could that possibly be legal to try and pit a plaintiff against their own counsel? Every lawyer would use this tactic.”
    This is legal because in the vast majority of cases the Plaintiff has a legal leg to stand on and isn’t a complete nut.

  13. Suffering Dawg Fan says: Aug 22, 2009 12:23 PM

    I am definitely not a steeler fan, but I hope Ben and his team of lawyers stop Dunlop and others like from him from extorting celebrities, just for being celebrities. And if he wanted his 15 minutes of fame, well Dunlop got it.
    Now he can crawl back into his maggot infested hole
    and lie with the other future “shit flies” of the world.

  14. VoxVeritas says: Aug 22, 2009 12:29 PM

    “It would seem that Vox very plainly remembers the two fourth quarter comebacks that Ben engineered during the only two times he’s played the Cowboys.”
    That just tells me that he got behind late in both games for whatever reason.
    This isn’t about me or the Cowboys, it’s about an idiot named Roethlisberger that might be a rapist.

  15. VoxVeritas says: Aug 22, 2009 12:31 PM

    “But not nearly as afraid as you are, that it’s blatantly obvious at this point, that he’s done nothing illegal in this case. Thus exposing TOOLS like yourself as nothing more than a lynch mob”
    Take a Midol. Sunshine is the best disinfectant. Let the truth come out, Ben!

  16. VoxVeritas says: Aug 22, 2009 12:31 PM

    “Your an idiot!”
    I know the difference between “your” and “you’re”.

  17. DocBG says: Aug 22, 2009 12:35 PM

    JimmyAlfo says: August 22, 2009 11:41 AM
    “They have this woman pinned, why not get them while their down.”
    uhm…. this is kinda why the plantiff, Andrea Mcnulty (her choice to become a public figure), has filled suit against rothlisberger. Interesting choice of words when commenting on a rape case.

  18. blmonroe12 says: Aug 22, 2009 12:38 PM

    This is how every wrongly accused individual should pursue a legal case. He is letting his legal team manage it and they are hiding behind nothing. Most cases involve individuals in his situation being on the defensive. Not this time. They are moving forward with conviction and making everyone aware that this is something he did not do. It is unfortunate that he is a victim of his fame and that there are individuals out there looking for an easy shot at wealth and this is the avenue they choose to pursue. Hopefully this will make the next person think twice about going after the wrong person for the wrong reasons. And unfortunately, she also just made it more difficult for every women who has a legitimate case against an athlete to be taken seriously.

  19. YouGuysAreIdiots says: Aug 22, 2009 12:44 PM

    Regardless of the legal outcome here, one fact isn’t changing;
    BEN LOVES HIM SOME UGLY WIMMEN!!!

  20. VoxVeritas says: Aug 22, 2009 12:50 PM

    “Actually this is brilliant strategy from Big Ben’s legal team. They essentially are driving a wedge between the accusor and her attorney.”
    They seem to be trying to, anyway… could backfire against them if it’s brought up in front of a jury. Far from a brilliant strategy, I think it’s an incredibly risky strategy. She incriminates herself in attempted extortion if she accepts a settlement and agrees that it’s a sham. If she doesn’t accept it (and she won’t), it makes her look like she can’t be bought at any price.
    If Big Ben wants to walk away from this with all his money, he needs to stop pulling out all the stops to keep this thing out of the courts. Offer her a settlement that you’re willing to pay if you just don’t want to deal with it, if she doesn’t accept it just let it go to trial if you didn’t do anything. But above all, stop doing stupid shit! You’re an average QB that has the world by the balls, are you gonna be an oaf doing ignorant shit the rest of your life and piss that away? Come on man, what are you thinking banging random ugly chicks like that anyway? I realize that you probably can’t find anything better than that in Pissburgh but it’s not like your travel is limited.

  21. SixBurghDude says: Aug 22, 2009 12:52 PM

    “Take a Midol. Sunshine is the best disinfectant. Let the truth come out, Ben!”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Seems to me like that’s EXACTLY what he’s doing, only in an expedited manner, so as to not let this hang for to long & have those of your ilk judge him in your twisted court of public opinion!!! You’d do the same if you were accused of something you knew you didn’t do!!!

  22. tj.52 says: Aug 22, 2009 1:03 PM

    Message to all alleged rape victims out there:
    If you pursue your case you will be demonized, discredited and turned against the only individuals that offered to help you.
    Thanks for setting the precedent, Big Ben.
    You freakin dirtbag.

  23. SixBurghDude says: Aug 22, 2009 1:05 PM

    YouGuysAreIdiots says:
    Regardless of the legal outcome here, one fact isn’t changing;
    BEN LOVES HIM SOME UGLY WIMMEN!!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Did it ever cross your mind that it was probably hogg-nite?
    You, no doubt being the macho dude you so exude, would know what that’s all about, no???
    You remember that night…don’t lie, afterall how could you forget, no dude ever forgets the night that he proposes!
    The only difference here, as I see it, is that after hogg-nite, Ben didn’t end up with a fiance’!!!
    U-R-2-E-Z TOOL……bwhahahahahahahahahaha

  24. SixBurghDude says: Aug 22, 2009 1:05 PM

    YouGuysAreIdiots says:
    Regardless of the legal outcome here, one fact isn’t changing;
    BEN LOVES HIM SOME UGLY WIMMEN!!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Did it ever cross your mind that it was probably hogg-nite?
    You, no doubt being the macho dude you so exude, would know what that’s all about, no???
    You remember that night…don’t lie, afterall how could you forget, no dude ever forgets the night that he proposes!
    The only difference here, as I see it, is that after hogg-nite, Ben didn’t end up with a fiance’!!!
    U-R-2-E-Z TOOL……bwhahahahahahahahahaha

  25. Lightninggreek43 says: Aug 22, 2009 1:06 PM

    Vox why are you on here? Don’t you have something better to comment on like how Jerry sold his soul to the devil for a decade of good fortune and botox and now the devil is getting his due. I’ve never laughed so hard then after seeing all the stupid cowgirl fans in their own stupor after getting their asses handed to them by the Ravens, and Jerry still going on with the dedication ceremony. Who does that. What a POS. I cant wait for the new giant jumbo screen, which is way too low btw, to come crashing down on Jerry and sending him to hell in a giant inferno.

  26. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Aug 22, 2009 1:09 PM

    i will still leave my bet on dunlap.

  27. mborz says: Aug 22, 2009 1:14 PM

    Vox said: “This isn’t about me or the Cowboys, it’s about an idiot named Roethlisberger that might be a rapist.”
    So if this really about Roethlisberger only, why did you choose to respond to the “Cowboys” part of my statement? I’ll paste it below again so we don’t get offtrack:
    You’re assuming they’re pushing so hard now because they’re afraid of a trial?
    That’s silly.
    They’re doing what any good defense team would do right now – try to get things resolved as quickly as possible. The sooner they get it resolved, the sooner the distractions go away for their client.
    I’m sure they’d like to avoid a trial if possible, as would any other sane group of people in their shoes. But it doesn’t mean they’re afraid of one.

  28. mania says: Aug 22, 2009 1:41 PM

    tj.52 says:
    August 22, 2009 1:03 PM
    Message to all alleged rape victims out there:
    If you pursue your case you will be demonized, discredited and turned against the only individuals that offered to help you.
    Thanks for setting the precedent, Big Ben.
    You freakin dirtbag.
    Thanks for what tj.52–For having consensual sex with someone who possibly is an extortion grabbing piece of crap that thought she could have sex with a high profile athlete while having a relationship with a “fictitious” soldier named Ben in Irag, who she tells that if things go south for the two of them, she WILL date Ben Roethlisberger? Here is a question for everyone here: what if Ben is the victum of a scam be her attorney and this nut job? What if he is telling the truth that it was consensual sex and she is ticked because he kicked her to the curb? Who is now the criminal? Give me a freaking break. There are some athletes out there who deserve to be dealt with in whatever comes there way, but to be railroaded like this. Maybe this is why he needs to slam her for defimation of character and needs to make sure that she and other women who try to scam someone who has money, athlete or not, never does this again.

  29. VoxVeritas says: Aug 22, 2009 2:19 PM

    “Vox why are you on here?”
    Basically to poke sticks at retarded monkeys. Welcome to the primate cage, Lancelot Link.

  30. VoxVeritas says: Aug 22, 2009 2:22 PM

    “The only difference here, as I see it, is that after hogg-nite, Ben didn’t end up with a fiance’!!!”
    Right, he ended up with a pissed-off alleged rape victim.

  31. nerd says: Aug 22, 2009 2:22 PM

    Divide and conquer. I like it.

  32. VoxVeritas says: Aug 22, 2009 2:24 PM

    “So if this really about Roethlisberger only, why did you choose to respond to the “Cowboys” part of my statement?”
    Because I wanted to call attention to your attempts to change the subject. What are YOU afraid of?

  33. VoxVeritas says: Aug 22, 2009 2:25 PM

    “Don’t you have something better to comment on like how Jerry sold his soul to the devil”
    That may be, but one thing that he’s never done is cheat. Unlike Dan Rooney, who got busted for cheating the salary cap rules. And was fined $150,000 and a draft pick for his efforts.

  34. Slow Joe says: Aug 22, 2009 3:02 PM

    Cue the crappy not-worth-a-damn NBC video player.

  35. mrmagoo says: Aug 22, 2009 4:10 PM

    Vox is just working his franchise envy out.

  36. mrmagoo says: Aug 22, 2009 4:15 PM

    tj.52 says:
    August 22, 2009 1:03 PM
    Message to all alleged rape victims out there:
    If you pursue your case you will be demonized, discredited and turned against the only individuals that offered to help you.
    Thanks for setting the precedent, Big Ben.
    You freakin dirtbag.
    ___________________________
    Remember kids- when it’s absolutely too sniveling to post even under hayward giablommi’s screen name, use tj.52.

  37. mborz says: Aug 22, 2009 4:49 PM

    VoxVeritas said: “Because I wanted to call attention to your attempts to change the subject. What are YOU afraid of?”
    It’s pointless trying to discuss anything with you. In my last response, I reposted what I said originally and had removed my so-called “attempt to change the subject” and you still dodged it.
    That’s two responses from you without even attempting to refute the point I made. What are YOU afraid of?

  38. MasterShake says: Aug 22, 2009 5:31 PM

    I hate to admit when I’m wrong, but a few articles back I wondered why a professional athelete would sue a whore from Harrah’s. It’s the whore’s lawyer! Touche!

  39. Iceberg34 says: Aug 22, 2009 9:31 PM

    This is retarded. One can’t seriously think that, without proof, the lawyer 1) knows she’s lying and 2) filed suit anyway 3) knowing there is proof to substantiate her story. The odds of a successful attorney doing that are about one in a million.
    I don’t even think this is an ethical offer–you can’t negotiate cooperation in a civil case like this, and if you did it would absolutely destroy her credibility for any trial. (Not that her retraction wouldn’t do that, anyway.)
    Not to mention, Roethlisberger can’t offer her immunity from potential criminal charges relating to her role in the suggested blackmail.
    I am now dumber having thought through this scenario.

  40. JustMike says: Aug 24, 2009 1:56 PM

    All this just to get “his TV fixed”…no wonder he’s a system QB.

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