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September 10 statement from David Cornwell in Roethlisberger case

[Editor’s note:  On September 10, 2009, lawyer David Cornwell released a statement in response to the recent court filings made on behalf of the woman accusing Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault.  The full text of it appears below.]

Before Ben Roethlisberger allegedly lured her into his room to fix his television, [the accuser] wrote: “Hail Mary full of grace give me the strength to not go to [Ben
Roethlisberger’s] room to fix his television.” (July 11, 2008).

Before she was allegedly raped, [the accuser] wrote: “Hail Mary full of grace Ben is so
effing hot and I am bored.” (July 11, 2008).

Less than 24 hours after she was allegedly raped, [the accuser] said: “This golf
tournament has been really fun …I am really excited because we are all going to see
Journey tonight and that will be sooo much fun. Speaking of which I need to head over
to dinner with [Ben Roethlisberger]…” (July 12, 2008).

Now, 14 months later, this disturbed woman’s lawyer submits confused and fanciful
ramblings in a desperate attempt to salvage their lawsuit and his career. [The accuser’s] contemporaneous statements, only some of which are quoted above, expose her lawyer’s
scheme.

This lawyer is as willing to mislead the public as he is to abuse the litigation process. For
example, he made public our settlement offer and his recent, bizarre settlement proposal
and then relied on the latter to claim that his scheme is not about money. Yet, in July
2009, in a settlement request that he has not publicized (attached), the lawyer sought over
$2.8 million to resolve [the accuser’s] claims.

Given her admitted and obviously unstable mental state and the possibility that she is
being manipulated by an unscrupulous lawyer, we remain willing to give [the accuser] a
limited benefit of the doubt (relating to her motivations only because her allegations are
demonstrably false). Her lawyer, however, does not deserve and will not receive similar
consideration.

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9 Responses to “September 10 statement from David Cornwell in Roethlisberger case”
  1. SteelFanMo says: Sep 10, 2009 1:02 PM

    I think Mr. Dunlap just got raped.

  2. Boomer says: Sep 10, 2009 1:03 PM

    The lawyer in question, Cal Dunlap, is notorious for his “burnt earth” tactics and for taking no prisoners. He is also representing Nevada’s First Lady in her acrimonious divorce proceedings against the Governor of Nevada.

  3. TimTheEnchanter says: Sep 10, 2009 1:04 PM

    Don’t get me wrong – based on what we know this looks bogus – but at some point (soon) Cornwell is going to drift into “methinks thou dost protest too much” territory.

  4. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Sep 10, 2009 1:20 PM

    It sounds to me like Ben has one hell of a lawyer. He is still maintaining mercy on the plaintiff and turning thr screws on her lawyer. Excellent way to bring Ben out of this with the most favorable appearance, IMO.
    “We don’t want to go after Ms. McNUTty, just her lawyer.”
    If that doesn’t make the defendant’s camp look like a total class act, I can’t imagine anything ever will.

  5. The Rural Juror says: Sep 10, 2009 1:22 PM

    OK, so isn’t this tampering?

  6. missy says: Sep 10, 2009 2:09 PM

    I think it does make Ben and his attorneys look classy, but i still think that she should be held accountable for this in part . Her lies started this mess to begin with. I hope Ben’s attorneys have Dunlap disbarred and expose him for the idiot he obviously is.

  7. Siggy00 says: Sep 10, 2009 3:13 PM

    Roethlisberger’s accuser had sought money from hotel
    Thursday, September 10, 2009
    By Jonathan D. Silver, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Ben Roethlisberger’s accuser sought $2.8 million from her employer, Harrah’s, just days before filing a lawsuit in Nevada accusing the Steelers quarterback of raping her, according to a document released today by the football player’s lawyer.
    Harrah’s was just added as a defendant in the case yesterday.
    The authenticity of the document — a prepared legal form titled “Remedy Request” — could not immediately be verified.
    In it, a box marked “compensatory damages” was checked off, and then the dollar amount of $374,362 was handwritten next to the category “medical costs.”
    Also checked off were boxes titled “All adverse information removed from my personnel file” and “Other.”
    Under the latter category, $1.5 million was written in for emotional distress, and $1 million was listed for damage to reputation.
    The document purportedly bears the signature of the plaintiff and is dated July 6, 2009.
    On July 17, the plaintiff filed a suit in Washoe County, Nev., against Mr. Roethlisberger, accusing him of raping her in his hotel room on July 11, 2008, during a celebrity golf tournament.
    The 31-year-old woman also sued eight current or former members of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, claiming they either ignored her requests for help or conspired to cover up the alleged assault.
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette does not name alleged victims of sexual assault.
    William David Cornwell Sr., who is representing Mr. Roethlisberger, also seemed to strike a more conciliatory tone toward the plaintiff in a statement accompanying the document.
    “Given her admitted and obviously unstable mental state and the possibility that she is being manipulated by an unscrupulous lawyer, we remain willing to give [the plaintiff] a limited benefit of the doubt (relating to her motivations only because her allegations are demonstrably false),” Mr. Cornwell wrote.
    “Her lawyer, however, does not deserve and will not receive similar consideration.”
    Her lawyer, Calvin R. X. Dunlap, was not immediately available for comment.
    Mr. Cornwell just rejected a settlement offer from the accuser. She asked Mr. Roethlisberger to admit guilt, write an apology and donate $100,000 to aid abused women.

  8. brpfeifer says: Sep 10, 2009 3:41 PM

    I think “Big Ben” has too much class to be anything but innocent in all this mess. Hey Ben, put it all behind you and kick some a** on the field tonight! One die hard Steeler Fan here is behind you all the way.

  9. Florios-Lawyer says: Sep 11, 2009 4:10 PM

    This stopped being about Ben & McNutjob a while ago.
    Now it’s just a pissing contest between the lawyers.

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