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.

34 responses to “Roethlisberger's Nevada accuser pulls settlement offer

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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……

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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

  10. # 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.

  11. 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.

  12. # 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.

  13. 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.

  14. “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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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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