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Roethlisberger's Nevada accuser pulls settlement offer

Last year, the woman who sued Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for rape in Nevada made a settlement offer that, frankly, appeared to be nothing more than a P.R. ploy.

She offered to drop the case in exchange for an admission that Roethlisberger assaulted her, a letter of apology, and a $100,000 donation to an abused women’s shelter.

The offer, which Roethlisberger never would have accepted, has now been pulled.

The deadline for that has passed,” lawyer Calvin R.X. Dunlap tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Indeed it has.  Recent events have given the Nevada case more strength.  Even though they don’t change the facts of the Nevada case (which has real flaws, thanks to contemporaneous e-mails written by the accuser), the Georgia allegations and the six-game suspension give Dunlap and his client leverage.

“The sanctions imposed by Commissioner Goodell are the business of the
NFL, however, the behavior of Mr. Roethlisberger in Tahoe, in Georgia,
in Las Vegas and elsewhere will be part of the business of our
lawsuit,” Dunlap told the Post-Gazette.

The reference to Las Vegas relates to Boston lawyer Harry Manion’s recent radio allegation, from which he quickly backtracked.  So look for Dunlap to continue to hammer away at all possible incidents and accidents, hints and allegations, until Roethlisberger decides to just write a check and be done with it.

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34 Responses to “Roethlisberger's Nevada accuser pulls settlement offer”
  1. drumbug71 says: Apr 22, 2010 10:42 AM

    enough with the ben articles

  2. Krow says: Apr 22, 2010 10:45 AM

    Wouldn’t surprise me to see a few more surface. Like they say, for every woman who comes forward there are 10 more who are too ashamed or afraid. And who can blame them… he’s rich, famous… he can hire the top lawyers and investigators… he can pay people off. And best of all he’s got an army of fanboys on his j’ock… who kiss his butt… and pretend he’s innocent. What a sweet deal… if you’re a rapist like Ben.

  3. steeelfann says: Apr 22, 2010 10:48 AM

    She is trailer trash. Look it up.

  4. klungemonger says: Apr 22, 2010 10:49 AM

    The suspension given Dunlap? Who’s that? I thought this was about Big Bonehead?

  5. Moose Skyway says: Apr 22, 2010 11:00 AM

    Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid was a good album.

  6. isonic1 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:01 AM

    # steeelfann says: April 22, 2010 10:48 AM
    She is trailer trash. Look it up.
    So is Roethlisberger

  7. Phokus says: Apr 22, 2010 11:01 AM

    So is big ben, match made in heaven
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    # steeelfann says: April 22, 2010 10:48 AM
    She is trailer trash. Look it up.

  8. kordelsux says: Apr 22, 2010 11:03 AM

    Your a sad human being steeelfann……….if Rapistberger played QB for the PAtriots you would be all over this guy. Face it your a fraud fanboy……

  9. dcrespo24 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:07 AM

    Florio,
    Once again, your legal acumen is in question.
    If the accuser brings in character evidence against Ben, he is wholly entitled to bring in character evidence against his accuser. In other words, the accuser would essentially throw away all protections afforded her by any Rape Shield Laws in Nevada. This is basic first year law school stuff. You really think the accuser would want to open that door and allow a man of Ben’s means to dig around in her past?
    Come on now. This is pure posturing by her counsel. She will likely get less of a settlement if her case is as weak as most people think it is.

  10. Mooch says: Apr 22, 2010 11:07 AM

    Ben’s lawyer kind of blows.

  11. se18a29 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:11 AM

    More Rapistberger articles. Expose this fraud.

  12. Pastabelly says: Apr 22, 2010 11:19 AM

    Harry Manion? He is a relic from the 1980s who is now better known for being wrong about all of his legal predictions than he is for helping an NHL team reorganize in bankruptcy. When he says something, you should pull a “Costanza” and do the opposite and you’ll be fine.

  13. phillyesq says: Apr 22, 2010 11:20 AM

    Dunlap is nothing more than a sleavy ambulance chaser looking for a payday. The timing of the suit last season (to coincide with training camp) made it quite apparent that he was hoping to blackmail Ben and get a quick payday.

  14. if yer not first... says: Apr 22, 2010 11:34 AM

    So are you saying she just got LUCKY falsely accusing an innocent man of rape who just happened to actually be a rapist?

  15. Willy says: Apr 22, 2010 11:37 AM

    If BB was wise, or has competent legal advice, write out a check, pay the woman off, and put it all behind him. He has enough problems right now without this still hanging over him. Guilty or not does not matter. He is a breath (or heavy breathing) away from a big suspension. What happens if he loses the civil suit? Will that be a trigger for another suspension? He needs to pack out the garbage from his previous life and try to learn and pick up the pieces of his life. I’m not a BB fan, just someone who has been around the block a few times and figured out it is sometimes the better part of courage to just accept defeat in a battle and go on to win the war. JMAO

  16. last starfighter says: Apr 22, 2010 11:40 AM

    # steeelfann says: April 22, 2010 10:48 AM
    She is trailer trash. Look it up.
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    Awesome! I didn’t know if a women was trailer trash you could rape her and it would be okay.

  17. Spoonthis says: Apr 22, 2010 11:40 AM

    On August 27, 2009 Mike Florio wrote the following:
    We’ve now obtained the e-mails that were attached to the affidavit submitted by Harrah’s director of security Guy Hyder, and it sure looks to us as if the claims were grossly exaggerated at best, flat-out made up at worst.
    Keep up the witch hunt Florio. You are good at it.

  18. The Real Shuxion says: Apr 22, 2010 11:46 AM

    # last starfighter says: April 22, 2010 11:40 AM
    # steeelfann says: April 22, 2010 10:48 AM
    She is trailer trash. Look it up.
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    Awesome! I didn’t know if a women was trailer trash you could rape her and it would be okay.
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    Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

  19. if yer not first... says: Apr 22, 2010 11:50 AM

    Awesome! I didn’t know if a women was trailer trash you could rape her and it would be okay
    Well, duh! – yeah it is. It’s not a well known statute but it definitely is allowable. It is common knowledge in and around Pitt though because of the high prevalence of trailer parks.

  20. Mooch says: Apr 22, 2010 11:51 AM

    “So are you saying she just got LUCKY falsely accusing an innocent man of rape who just happened to actually be a rapist?”
    Yeah, I guess that is what happened. Maybe that is why keeping one’s good name and having a good reputation are important.
    Words to live by.

  21. pjkd55 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:53 AM

    I love the fact that these Steeler fans who are sticking up for jackassberger are the same ones who ripped Ray Lewis for what may or may not have happened with him. The only difference is, the scumbag is now on the team we root for. As a huge Steeler fan, I cannot root for someone who keeps putting himself into these situations. How can his teammates back him? He gets suspended for 6 games and completely destroys what the team has worked for. The ultimate sign of self entitlement and selfishness. Karma is a much bigger dick than moronberger will ever be.

  22. doni says: Apr 22, 2010 12:02 PM

    Big Deal!

  23. Mooch says: Apr 22, 2010 12:04 PM

    Philltesq – yes, but an interesting point is this. Ben went on the offense and called the accuser a crazy woman who was delusional. That he would not have placed himself in such a situation.
    On the face of it, that looks to be the case in Nevada.
    But now, in light of this new incident…it may not look so convincing to a jury in a civil suit.
    In many ways, Ben’s lawyer going on the offense may be his undoing now. You can only attack if you are resigned NEVER to get into trouble again. If you err a second and third time, the woman looks less crazy.
    And that is why the offer was pulled, and she will now get a truckload of cash.
    Just outlining what happened, I make NO claims about what may or may not have happened in Nevada.

  24. robert ethan says: Apr 22, 2010 12:15 PM

    In lieu of charitable donations, please send any unneeded suitcases filled with large denomination bills to the address provided. Thank you.

  25. se18a29 says: Apr 22, 2010 12:16 PM

    Bradshaw was right about rapistberger.

  26. djkeitse says: Apr 22, 2010 12:20 PM

    i think i would like to hear about Brett Favre more than Big Ben at this point

  27. Stone says: Apr 22, 2010 12:34 PM

    Nice Graceland reference. (Old man)

  28. UckTheFeagles says: Apr 22, 2010 12:35 PM

    Why would any team want this piece of garbage at this point? He is too big of a distraction. This stuff isn’t going to stop coming up. How can some steeler fans keep making excuses for this jerk?

  29. Bdrunk says: Apr 22, 2010 12:56 PM

    UckTheFeagles says:
    April 22, 2010 12:35 PM
    “Why would any team want this piece of garbage at this point? He is too big of a distraction. This stuff isn’t going to stop coming up. How can some steeler fans keep making excuses for this jerk?”
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    No excuses, just facts. Ben’s a winner, baby.

  30. raiderrob21 says: Apr 22, 2010 12:59 PM

    No Means No Ben

  31. UckTheFeagles says: Apr 22, 2010 2:45 PM

    “No excuses, just facts. Ben’s a winner, baby.”
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    He wasn’t last year.

  32. CT Stiller says: Apr 22, 2010 3:39 PM

    Krow says:
    “Wouldn’t surprise me to see a few more surface. Like they say, for every woman who comes forward there are 10 more who are too ashamed or afraid.”
    Is that what your parole office tells you is “normal”? Let’s hope you get the help you need.

  33. spyboots says: Apr 22, 2010 3:41 PM

    I thought he already turned that down, so why not?

  34. Terry says: Apr 22, 2010 4:30 PM

    I’m somewhat surprised that the Comish. didn’t require him to settle his civil suit as part of his punishment; you can bet it was discussed!

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