Big Ben settles Lake Tahoe lawsuit

Reuters

In July 2009, not long after PFT joined forces with NBC, Rosenthal caught wind from a tipster of a possible lawsuit filed against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Nevada.

One thing led to another, and before long we had a copy of the civil complaint accusing Roethlisberger of raping a casino host at Harrah’s resort in Lake Tahoe.  Roethlisberger allegedly lured the woman to his hotel room by claiming that his television needed to be fixed.

More than 30 months later, the case has been settled.

First reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal, neither side is talking about the settlement.  Per the Associated Press, the plaintiff’s lawyer, Cal Dunlap said “the matter has been resolved.”

That’s common practice for the resolution of civil lawsuits.  The formal document settling the claims routinely contains a confidentiality agreement, pursuant to which the plaintiff and the plaintiff’s lawyer agree that they will restrict any public or private comments to a simple statement that “the matter has been resolved.”

And so speculation will occur regarding the amount, if any, that Roethlisberger paid to make the case go away.  In many cases, the defendant will agree to pay to the plaintiff the estimated amount of the cost of defending the case through trial.  The formal settlement papers then will include a recognition that the payment does not reflect an admission of guilt or liability of any kind.

Roethlisberger seemed to concede in prior court papers that sexual activity occurred, but he at all times denied the allegation that the conduct was non-consensual.  In the early stages of the litigation, email messages surfaced suggesting that the alleged victim was smitten with Roethlisberger and planned to pursue him.  The case disappeared from view due to a procedural fight regarding whether it had been filed in the right Nevada county, and the matter later was eclipsed by sexual assault allegations made against Roethlisberger by a college student in Milledgeville, Georgia.  Though Roethlisberger never was charged with any crime, the league suspended him for the first six games of the 2010 season.  The suspension later was reduced to four games.

172 responses to “Big Ben settles Lake Tahoe lawsuit

  1. Well since according to most Steeler’s fans Ray Lewis pleading down means that he’s guilty then Big Ben must be guilty as well.

  2. “Roethlisberger allegedly lured the woman to his hotel room by claiming that his television needed to be fixed.” – Lol, it never gets old!

  3. Jacunn2000 please prove to me and everyone else, that this person accusing Ben was not in fact a gold digger as evidence first pointed to when this case was still a big deal a couple years ago.

  4. Big Ben is unreal. Practice, the game time then treatment then the raping. I’m mean the man just does not stop. Like ever. Even when you tell him no, he just keeps on going. Seriously what a neanderthalic POS this guy is. Can’t the CIA give him cancer or something ?

  5. Paid her cause he did it.

    Or at the very least, he did enough to warrant the need to keep her quiet.

  6. Behold….The Magnificent Rapelisberger…with one wave of his magic check writing hand, he can forever make a felony disappear.

  7. Settled so she’ll finally cut it out with this phony sham of an accusation. I still love how she sent out all those emails bragging about being with Ben afterwards — talk about having it both ways!

  8. Didn’t Ben, at one point, say he would fight this to the end? The end of what? His ballpoint pen?

  9. His word against hers and already the idiots on THIS thread chose to believe what they want. So… he did the smart thing. He’s married, he’s moved on, and pursuing this would’ve only caused more stress. I’m sure his lawyer advised him to get it over with and… he did.

    Also, he said he had sex with her. Never claimed otherwise so… I’m not sure what else he would try to hide. If it was rape, she wouldn’t have sent him so many love notes til he turned her down.

  10. If he so clearly raped this woman, why was he never charged in a court of law?

    I’m not a fan of the guy, but you can’t determine his guilt or innocence based on the settlement. It was a financial decision. He may have been ready to counter-sue and she accepted far less than most people would think.

    Saying that, the guy is obviously a knucklehead who can’t keep himself out of trouble.

  11. If someone can explain to me how Roethlisberger really raped this woman without a subsequent investigation and arrest I’d appreciate it.

    Until then keep pretending that a rape really occurred. While we’re at it, maybe Ben’s magic unicorn held her down while he did it.

  12. Read the transcript and what this women wanted from everyone she could name……money. Read what all her co workers think and heard from her…more money and from anyone I can get it from including the resort.

  13. If you had $50 million dollars, and a jury knew it, would you risk your money and reputation and go to trial and let them award the person suing you an unlimited amount of money or would you pay $50,000 to get rid of it? Every one of you would pay the $50k, innocent or not.

  14. This was actually a pretty good analysis of the situation. Unfortunately people only see what they want to. We will never know if he paid a cent to this woman. Everyone will assume he did though. Honestly, it is exactly as you said. Most likely paid her the estimated cost of defending the case. Unfortunately our legal system is a bit of a joke and as long as the defendant can’t definitively prove otherwise, he is better off paying the cost of the defense and calling it a day. Even if he wins the case, he still will lose the same amount so why even bother?

  15. If you are accused of something once, you can say its because you’re a famous athelete and people are out to besmirch your rep for a payday. Twice and you lose all credibility. Ben has a problem understanding no means no, even for SB winning quarterbacks. Either step up your verbal game or start buying ass Ben. Stop trying to Deebo chicks out of there panties…

  16. I think it was probably a consensual thing, she probably casually flirted with him, and one thing led to another, and then she later realized she could get some money out of him. It wasn’t exactly good discretion on Ben’s part, so they should have been able to work something out without involving the courts.

    I don’t really blame either one of them if this is the case, other than for not coming to an agreement before it turned into a big controversy. And it’s obviously a distraction as well, so good for Ben that it’s settled.

  17. ineptguy8 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 8:27 PM
    This was actually a pretty good analysis of the situation. Unfortunately people only see what they want to. We will never know if he paid a cent to this woman. Everyone will assume he did though.

    ———————-

    You know why? Because the lawsuit is over and it was “settled.” That means the claimant — the woman — got something in exchange for ending the suit. Had he NOT paid her off and it was over, the suit would have been “dropped” or “dismissed.”

    It may be an exaggeration to call him a serial rapist. But we can say he’s a serial sexual assaulter for sure.

  18. Who cares. There will be some that believes his stardom and immaturity attracted people to his money and others will believe he didnt no matter what the evidence produce. The bottom line no one knows what happened and for people to make a good or bad comment about this is foolish. I get it some people hate the Steelers and this is their way of sticking to the great organization. Someone people are blind fans of the Steelers and will think been is innocent no matter what. I just wish everyone would shut up unless they have any evidence that they can provide the police. Because I’m sure they’d love to have that information…

  19. kingcarlbanks says:
    If you are accused of something once, you can say its because you’re a famous athelete and people are out to besmirch your rep for a payday. Twice and you lose all credibility.

    There you have it- anyone accused of doing something twice is automatically guilty… (-facepalm-).

    Someone please explain to this person that the more accusers one has, the more vunerable the person is for future accusations, especially false ones. But don’t tell him that this is Ben’s third accuser- I doubt he’d know what to do.

  20. Just a quick point here. None of us were there, so none of us know what happened. But check out some of the world class crazy his accuser is. She bragged to coworkers about sleeping with Ben, she made up a boyfriend and told people he was in Iraq and then claimed he died when people started asking too many questions. Crazy people can be victims too, but lets not lose sight that it’s also likely that this is the story of a clinically insane chick…

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Settlement = guilt.

    Mr. Wright = Mr.Wrong.

    And he knows it. He’s just being really disingenuous.

    If a lawyer says “she’ll settle for $40,000 and if we go to court it’ll cost you five times that in legal fees”, you settle.

    Well, if you’re smart.

  22. ok ben. just tween us guys…

    was it good? was it WORTH IT?

    isnt there something arsebackwards about getting the season out of the way so u can concentrate in yer legal situation?

  23. Actually, “innocent people” do settle quite often. Could be 1) it was cheaper to settle than pay attorneys all the way through trial or 2) BR didn’t want his personal life sifted through during discovery and settled to avoid embarrassment at trial. That’s inconvenient for a lot of people, but it’s the truth. Fact is no one really knows what happened other than BR and his accuser, and it appears that’s exactly how they want to keep it.

  24. You people are unreal. Open your eyes here. You realize, based on the evidence of the case, she was very unlikely to win (evidence such as not reporting the case to criminal authorities ever, not reporting the case for a year, emails stating she was looking forward to future encounters, saying she was hoping there would be a “Little Ben,” and a sworn deposition by her friend stating she had confided that it was consensual which if she is lying, is perjury, a criminal offense) Whether he did it or not, he is most likely saving money because he has to pay his very expensive lawyers. Trials with the kind of lawyers he has are extremely expensive, and when you are sued, you always pay someone, whether it be the lawyers or the plaintiff. Actually, many people, particularly high profile people who are not guilty of wrongdoing, settle cases (including criminal ones) to avoid the spotlight and cost of trial. Would you like to spend $50,000 and make the case go away, or spend $50,000 on lawyers and have the your name in the news and tarnished again after trying to repair it with the added possibility of paying more? Plus, he is recently married. For argument’s sake, let’s say he is innocent. So, if you were a well known athlete who was wrongfully accused, had had a consensual encounter and knew what the spotlight would be like, would you like your wife to hear your name in the news constantly with case updates, not to mention her hearing about your sexual activity (consensual or not, whatever you believe), or settle it to avoid more stress and embarrassment for you and her. He made the right move for him and his family. I would say that if it were anybody else on any other team. Based on the circumstances, this was the best move. Also, he may have not paid her anything. If I recall, he filed a counter-suit for defamation. It is possible both sides just agreed to drop their suits. Don’t assume he is guilty because he settled. He could be, but a case settlement does not mean he is.

  25. Neither side is talking about the settlement?

    Somewhere the beans will be spilled, and we will all know what that amount was….bank on it!

  26. I love the — “my tv is broke and needs to be fixed” excuse. Good thing Harold, the custodian wasn’t available…

  27. @tommyf15

    OK ill put another way for you. Either Ben has a problem with understanding he is a famous person who people will try to take advantage of or Ben has a problem understanding no. Either way he has judgement issues. I’m thinking its not coincidence he’s accused twice by two different women in two different states..

  28. tommyf15 says: Jan 20, 2012 8:43 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Settlement = guilt.

    Mr. Wright = Mr.Wrong.

    And he knows it. He’s just being really disingenuous.

    If a lawyer says “she’ll settle for $40,000 and if we go to court it’ll cost you five times that in legal fees”, you settle.

    Well, if you’re smart.

    ———————————-

    If the case is so without merit why not just use a TV lawyer and defend yourself for a thousand bucks?

    Why does such a supposedly frivolous case require top echelon lawyers, regardless of whether or not the defendant can afford it, despite the fact that he’s willing to “settle” to avoid huge lawyer fees?

    It should be open and shut, right?

  29. Settling out of court makes some people think that he’s guilty, but in the long run it was probably cheaper for him to do that. That being said, none of us will every know the truth, only Ben and the woman knows what happened. For anyone to state otherwise is simply ridiculous. Ray Lewis was arrested and he cut a deal and rolled over on his ‘two friends’. Ben Roethlisberger was never arrested or charged in either incident. In both of these cases, the claims were suspect and no arrests or charges were brought forth. I’m a Steelers fan. I am a fan of Ben’s abilities. I am not a fan of his off field behavior.

  30. steelernation1 says: Jan 20, 2012 7:48 PM

    and 3-2-1 let the haters begin

    I think it’s good that most people hate sexual predators.

  31. ugly.
    Who knows wtf happened.
    No cops, no complaint is a big red flag.
    Ben has to really watch it now, as any brazen gal could easily take him for more cash.
    *****************

    Now, to the pressing question….
    why the darn yellow shoe?

  32. @FCS34 Really? Ever know anyone who got cancer? Ever lost a loved on to it? Think of other ways to spread your uneducated, uninfromed hate!

    Besides being a total Jack Ass, have you ever heard of due process? Innocent to proven guilty? Yeah, it is totally unheard of that there are gold diggers out there looking to capitilize on some celebrity. Where are the criminal charges? The police report? Where you there? Did you see it? Do you know? Shut your pie hole!

  33. @Mike, it sounds like you have some personal experience with this type of case? You’re an attorney, right?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    napoleonblownapart6887 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 8:41 PM

    Just a quick point here. None of us were there, so none of us know what happened. But check out some of the world class crazy his accuser is. She bragged to coworkers about sleeping with Ben, she made up a boyfriend and told people he was in Iraq and then claimed he died when people started asking too many questions. Crazy people can be victims too, but lets not lose sight that it’s also likely that this is the story of a clinically insane chick…
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    @napoleonblownapart6887 I have no doubt she’s clinically insane.

    Afterall, what sane chick would want to have sex with Ben???

  34. flash1283 says:
    Innocent people don’t settle!
    _________________________________

    I just yelled that out to a Plaintiff’s attorney, who laughed his butt off while driving away in his BMW.

  35. I’m thinking…

    This bitch, Kobe’s Denver Ho, and Tiger’s beeyotch in any or all of the following:

    The Apprentice
    MTV Real World Road Rules
    Chopped
    Survivor
    Big Brother
    American Idol
    Finding Bigfoot

  36. Really?

    Seriously?

    Do you comedian wannabes know how ridiculously lame you look by continueally using that played out phrase.. “Cue the ______ in 3..2..1” ?

  37. steelernation1 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 7:48 PM
    and 3-2-1 let the haters begin
    ——————————————–
    Bahahaha…you want a medal or something Nostradamus?!

  38. “Though Roethlisberger never was charged with any crime, the league suspended him”

    But the commissioner and the media convict him anyway. What’s up with that?

  39. I just came in to read the comments. Pure comedy. He could have just bought a new tv. It would have been much cheaper.

  40. Civil cases are settled every day due to something called Lowest ultimate cost. Go ask a lawyer what it means.

    00

    Pssst just because you settle it is no admission of guilt.

  41. Not convinced Ben is a rapist, I just think he needs to learn proper “one night stand etiquette”
    Tell them they’re different then all the others, let them spend at leas one hour of cuddle time after the deed. Then buy them breakfast, get them a cab. Take thier number even if you have no intention of calling. Tell them you have a busy schedule so if you dont call for awhile its nothing personal. Make a “courtesy” call the day after. Then you should be free and clear. I think these girls just don’t want to be treated like prostitutes. That’ss why oriental massage parlors are the way to go. Not speakingfrom expereince of course! Ben used to pull this same stuff back in Findlay before he had money. Just was too dense to figure out how to play the game once he became a millionaire. I’m sure he’s a great husband now!! LOL

  42. Neither side is talking about the settlement?

    However, the truth will come out sometime down the road..bank on it.

  43. anyone can say anything, i could say i saw ben, and he robbed me and people would believe it, leave the guy alone, tell that stupid lady to shut up, and let big ben play football!

  44. If only more criminals had tons of money, our jails would not be so crowded.

    Do not know how anyone could cheer for this guy.

  45. r8danation says:
    Jan 20, 2012 7:49 PM
    POOOOF! IT’S MAGIC WHEN YOU THE MOOLAH!!!
    ====================

    Dude said “moolah”.

  46. I always think of his ‘indiscretions’ when I see him playing…him and Ray Lewis, among others.

    Sam Hurd, probably won’t think much about him as he’ll never play again.

  47. Here’s hoping that a rape never happens again.

    Must be the Crown and Cokes talking.

    I know I’ve never been accused of rape but also I don’t have millions in the bank. I also don’t have millions in the bank so I don’t think I would try to have sex with a woman without her consent…or put myself in the position to be accused of rape.

    Maybe the Crown and Cokes make me thing clearer.

  48. If you have enough people who bask in your athletic abilities and have the bucks to pay off whoever, you can get away with almost anything. Like Art Schlichter and others, once his career is over, but he keeps on acting like he does today, he will be caught.

  49. Thousands of rich athletes tap 10’s of thousand of gold digging Skeezo’s a week. A tiny tinty fraction of 1% hollar rape…..Why have 3 gone public about this clown and anyone that knows storys of him at Miami of Ohio will say they heard the same.

    This guy belongs in Jail not on the turf at Ketchup field. Between him and the stupid stiller fans makes me hate that once proud organization.

  50. With this, and in the case in Georgia, I hope Roethisberger has learned his lesson and will not get himself into this kind of situation ever again.

  51. One rape case lawsuit settled, many more to go!

    All this time I thought Terry “Baldshaw” was the dumbest QB in Steeler history. Toothlessberger makes old Baldy look like freakin’ Einstein.

    Innocent people with as much dough as Toothy has don’t settle. So what if settling costs you only (for example) $50,000 instead of $200,000. That $150,000 he’s saving comes at the cost of his reputation & if he was innocent, I’m sure the clean rep is worth a lot more than that…

  52. I remember when this first happened, i was in the mindset of she was just a golddigger. Then it happened again with this neanderthal. Golddigger nutcase or not, he opened the avenue for her to tack on these charges. His performance since then has been a real display of karma. He’s a modern day caveman, and doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as Bradshaw, Swann, Harris,
    Lambert, Bettis, Ward, etc. And I am NOT a steelers fan by any stretch.

  53. And the Stealer’s organization looks the other way. A cheap shot artist on defense and multiple rapist QB. Such a CLASSY organization that does everything the right way.

    Shame on you.

  54. If he assaulted her then why didn’t she press charges and take him to court? I mean it’s not like they aren’t going to hold a professional football player accountable if they have a perfectly good case against him. Its not like he will be able to buy he way out of that…………..right O.J…………….right??

  55. oh bathroom Ben…..you’re so guilty its disgusting. I hate how NFL players get away with this stuff. I already hated him for being a baby now I just can’t stand him…wish the Steelers had more class….course then we could get into the ravens too but they prefer murderers.

  56. Two Superbowl wins before age 30. Enough time left in his career for another two or three or four.

    Success breeds contempt. People channel their jealousy into hate.

  57. Playing devil’s advocate here (and before being accused of anything, I am a Rams fan so I am neutral.)

    While people are quick to point out that Big Ben must be guilty or paying off a girl because he’s settling…

    my mind wonders… if a girl is Legitimately raped, why would she want to settle for a dollar amount? I would imagine she would want to prosecute the bastard fully, all the way through.. Did she even have a rape kit performed on her?

    Sorry,but both sides seem fishy. Only those two know the truth.

  58. Well since according to most Steeler’s fans Ray Lewis pleading down means that he’s guilty then Big Ben must be guilty as well.

    He never plead guilty to anything. We have no idea what the deal was. The writer of this piece, like all of us is just guessing. We do not even know if money was paid.

  59. ravensfan4life52 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 7:48 PM
    Well since according to most Steeler’s fans Ray Lewis pleading down means that he’s guilty then Big Ben must be guilty as well.

    You don’t need law school to learn the difference between civil and criminal matters…just go back to grade 10.

  60. Wow Ben you must really have a psychological illness cause wouldnt it be cheaper to call a role playing escort service?

  61. Extortion by sexual assualt allegation.

    Sorority girl DTF just happened to realize what a goldmine she literally stumbled into.

    Ben was never “guilty” of anything worse than poor taste and questionable judgement.

    But it no doubt makes all you haters feel superior to him, since you’ve never been accused of that kinda thing. Of course, you WOULD need to leave yer mom’s basement and meet REAL girls to even have a chance to have girl trouble..

    Ben haters= basement-dwelling WoW-playing pimple-pricked virgins 🙂

  62. Remember Bill Murray’s charactor’s line in Kingpin,,,something like….FINALLY, FINALLY,,,I FINALLY HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING

  63. I believe he did it, regardless.

    P.S. to the $40k reply, If i committed a crime and somebody tried to blackmail me for a single penny worth of anything, I’d walk into the police station and immediately confess and then submit evidence to accuse. 100% guaranteed immediately. But if I did it and I faced jailtime where they faced nothing, I would settle. Doesn’t sound so pretty anymore does it.

  64. tommyf15 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 8:43 PM
    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Settlement = guilt.

    Mr. Wright = Mr.Wrong.

    And he knows it. He’s just being really disingenuous.

    If a lawyer says “she’ll settle for $40,000 and if we go to court it’ll cost you five times that in legal fees”, you settle.

    Well, if you’re smart.
    —————–

    Pig Pen must be paying you even more than the settled amount to blindly defend him on these boards.

  65. Astounding how many people in here will back Ben and tear down the accuser because he’s the QB on their favorite team, a pretty sad commentary. We may never know the whole story, but she wasn’t the first.

  66. to the guys above who do not know, it is near impossible to prove rape in the court of law.
    check the stats. % of rapes that get convictions is less than 5%. in the current system, the woman is made a victim again.

    of course he said he had sex with her.
    his dna was inside her. what else was he going to say? i never met her.

    funny how all these rape victims pick him out of all the football players in the nfl. hes not the richest.

  67. I love all the people here who think that she settled for 40 grand. Come on. Get real. She got at least 500 grand and you know it.

    And by the way, look at the case file. Pig Pen is guilty as heck.

  68. mistersmith22 says:Jan 20, 2012 8:37 PM

    You know why? Because the lawsuit is over and it was “settled.” That means the claimant — the woman — got something in exchange for ending the suit. Had he NOT paid her off and it was over, the suit would have been “dropped” or “dismissed.”

    It may be an exaggeration to call him a serial rapist. But we can say he’s a serial sexual assaulter for sure.
    *************************************
    First of all, learn your legal lingo, the woman was the “plaintiff” as it is defined in civil court. Your “Has he NOT paid…” comment is egregious. Her attorney, Cal Dunlap, requested in Nov 2011 that the stay be lifted in order for the case to be dismissed, as a settlement had been reached. The District Court Judge then DISMISSED the case on Dec 27, 2011. Mr Dunlap has said “All parties have reached a resolution of all claims and counterclaims.”

    To translate this for you, a settlement not imposed by the court means that the case is dismissed. Roethlisberger also countersued the woman. Hence, both parties resolved her claims as well as his. In the most likely scenario, the best she got was him to pay her legal fees. The only dime walking out of the courtroom is her! I am not sticking up for Ben, just correcting your flaws in thinking.

  69. If you were willing to settle a rape case for cash, wouldn’t that make you a prostitute, in a retroactive sort of way?

    “I didn’t like it, but for x amount of dollars, will call it even.”

    Personally, I might take the cash, but I have never claimed to have morals.

  70. What kind of woman would marry this loser? Good money that his divorce is either due to serial cheating or spousal abuse. No one this disgusting turns it around that completely.

    She can’t possibly say she was not forewarned.

  71. Obviously these children who live in their parent’s basements have never had the pleasure of being sued. Our legal system allows anyone who can afford any lawyer(often of questionable repute) to sue for any reason. Even if you are innocnet, you must pay your lawyer and often court costs. You maY WIN THE LAWSUIT, BUT YOU MIGHT SPEND A FORTUNE DEFENDING YOURSELF. In the British legal system, if you bring a suit against someone and loose, YOU pay all legal costs-a lot less suits like this. This girl was a goldigger, who sent emails and tried to blackmail others.
    Now children, I hear you mommys and daddys calling. You need to clean up your bedrooms. And you better behave, you may be sued !!!

  72. I love when a Raven, Brown or Bengals player gets in trouble, Steelers nation along with Peter King remind us that the Rooneys would never tolerate such behavior. . .

    Setting aside the fact that they didn’t seem to mind the 70’s Steelers using steroids, the 80’s teams having guys like Eric Green, Tim Workshop and Carlton Haselrig. It was ironic when the accusations against Ben and T
    the SI article about what a slimeball he is came out, Steelers fans wanted him traded. After he led them to the Super Bowl, now they’re giving the Tammy Wynette routine and standing by their man.

  73. This exact thing, settling, happens every day in the corporate world. Companies tell the person making the claim that their legal bills will be bigger than the amount they’re going to win if they win anything. If an attorney is working on contingency he or she may see they’re not going to earn much and tell their client to settle.

    People settle to make things end, especially if they need it to end because their claim is false or weak. It saves all involved a lot of time and money.

    That’s not to say people and companies don’t do anything wrong, it’s that so many people turn to the legal system when they don’t get their way. This case against Roethlisberger sounds like that.

  74. It’s amazing how people will still support this creep just because he can help their football team win games.

  75. For most of us his original crime occurred in April of 2004, when he signed with the Steelers.

    9 out of 10 people that’re giving him and his fans a hard time over this are only doing so because they’ve suffered the nuisance that is Steeler fans.

    The only fan base that’s justified in having an illogical conclusion about Ben’s guilt and chanting “no means no” are Ravens fans. And that’s because we’ve had to suffer the annoying and libelous screams of “murderer” against Ray Lewis, who was charged with nothing more than fleeing the scene and obstruction, which he admitted and served his time for.

    We’ve got our skeletons, you have yours.

  76. Why would an innocent person pay off someone who falsely accuses them of something they did not do ?

    At least this gives the Black/Urine faithful something to complain about since their season got Tebowed !

  77. Yeah, um ….. I suppose if you can’t prove your innocence in court, then, yeah, you pay her off … er “settle”.

  78. I’m so sick & tired of women manipulating the judicial system just because their women. In a perfect world if a woman screams RAPE & no rape actually occured THE WOMAN who wasted tax payer dollars on a LIE should receive the same amount of time in jail that the alleged accuser would receive & be subjected to be sued by the defendent who never did the crime. Its a shame how women can ruin reputation & a person’s life due to a personal vendetta they could hold after being sleezy for a night & getting upset when the guy doesn’t talk to them anymore. Its pathetic!

  79. Obviously, if he only paid her what it would have cost to defend the case he would want that public because it makes him look innocent and to be just dismissing it for purely financial reasons. The fact it is secret makes it much more likely he paid considerably more than that.

    Why pay her what it’s going to cost you to defend anyway if you’re going to win and be exonerated? And anybody who thinks she got a paltry 50 grand to let this go away is delusional.

  80. I believe the accuser. Luring a woman into your hotel room by getting angry with her and making her fear for her job is not foreplay. It is a way to let her know you have power over her and she better do what you want. Roethlisberger is a scumbag. I am so glad I am not a Steelers fan, I would hate to root for a team with this guy on it.

  81. To me, If I didn’t do it, then I would fight tooth and nail to prove I was innocent. I certainly wouldn’t pay, because that is just basically saying your guilty.

  82. The smart thing to do if you’re, you know, innocent, is fight it. In 2009 he could have paid her off and maybe not looked AS guilty. Paying her off now, after raping another girl and having his cop buddy help cover his ass, it comes off as an admission of guilt. That, or he’s so tiny he wants to do anything possible to keep his little elevator button out of the news.

  83. BREAKING NEWS — The settlement amount was reduced to $1 by Commissioner Roger Goodell. Instead, Big Ben will speak to Hotel TV Repair students to raise awareness of the needs of paying guests.

  84. It’s about time. The e-mails/texts sent the day after their one-nighter saying she couldn’t wait to see him again prove the lie of the accusation. This would have gone away long ago if Ben hadn’t decided it would be a good idea to drink himself into oblivion with college coeds. Their false accusation–as evidenced by forensic findings and witness statements–gave credibility to this one and kept this suit alive.

    We can only hope Ben has grown up at least a little bit and finally learned celebrity QBs with big bank accounts are big targets. So people in his position have to act like they have some brains … even if they don’t.

  85. EJ says:

    To me, If I didn’t do it, then I would fight tooth and nail to prove I was innocent. I certainly wouldn’t pay, because that is just basically saying your guilty.

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    I have the same attitude, but the reality is that celebrities settle these nuisance suits every day and you hear nothing about them. It costs a pittance of their income or insurance, gets out of the public eye, and they go on with their lives. If he’d done that, the Georgia thing would never have happened. That all started when a woman at the party started ragging him about this lawsuit. He threw her out of the party. She later dragged her friend, the accuser, to a cop and claimed she’d been raped while the friend insisted nothing had happened. She changed her story later when the one thrown out of the party dragged her to the police station. The medical exam showed nothing had happened. The other witnesses in the bar refuted that story about the bodyguard at the door and it didn’t even match the accuser’s statement. The only one telling that story was the girl thrown out of the party … for ragging Ben about this lawsuit.

    He was an idiot to put himself in that situation in Georgia. But if he’d settled this to begin with, it wouldn’t have snowballed like it did. And despite what people post, there haven’t been any other accusations.

  86. The NFL has been pressuring him to settle since the suspension. I doubt he paid much. The league may have paid her legal fees.

  87. @barneyfifeactionfigure …

    When the suit was first filed, the complaint was available online and I downloaded a copy. Nowhere in her account of events does she say Roethlisberger got angry with her and threatened her job over the TV set. I don’t know where you got your information, but that was not her story. She said he was friendly and nonthreatening when she went to his room.

    She also sent texts and e-mails to friends the following day saying she couldn’t wait to see him again. That’s not typical behavior of a rape victim. I’m glad you’re not a Steelers fan, too. You’re not very bright.

  88. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Jan 20, 2012 11:12 PM
    I’d take Ben’s phony assault allegations over Flacco’s mediocrity any day.

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    One of those two had 21 total tds (rush & pass)and 19 total turnovers (Int & fumbles). The other one had 21 total TDs and 18 turnovers. They both had mediocre years.

    Mere words will never suffice to explain how much I DESPISE BR, but never for one minute do I believe that either of these two incidents are anything but his being a boor with how he treats groupies so the groupies get offended and seeks to embarrass him publicly. Like that dude says further up, if he knew how to BS his one nighters and groupies, none of this ever happens. He probably just acts like they should be glad to be in the room with him, so they get all bent out of shape.

    There’s a certain hypocrisy about women who are willing to sleep with/throw themselves at a famous guy they just met getting offended over being treated like the groupies they are, but that’s a dissertation, not a message board post.

  89. Aint they got no hookers in Nevada? If I do the math, I think he could have saved a lot of money going to the Chicken Ranch. Aside from that, whenever I’m at a fancy hotel and the TV doesn’t work, the cute hostess at the hotel doesn’t offer to come fix it. They usually send Wally or Bubba.

  90. Deb says: Jan 21, 2012 2:02 PM

    @barneyfifeactionfigure …

    When the suit was first filed, the complaint was available online and I downloaded a copy. Nowhere in her account of events does she say Roethlisberger got angry with her and threatened her job over the TV set. I don’t know where you got your information, but that was not her story. She said he was friendly and nonthreatening when she went to his room.

    She also sent texts and e-mails to friends the following day saying she couldn’t wait to see him again. That’s not typical behavior of a rape victim. I’m glad you’re not a Steelers fan, too. You’re not very bright.

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    Sorry Deb, but acting as though allegations of these e-mails is confirmed fact is no better than accepting the allegations about BR as facts.

    Those claims have not withstood scrutiny in a court so they are moot to the discussion.

    We don’t know what happened that night. So saying we do is errant.

    All we do know is he that paid her off.

  91. It’s a matter of time before the unnamed woman in Georgia is offered a check with an obscene number of zeros as well.

    I hope she has the courage to turn it down.

    In the meantime, innocent people do not settle. EVER.

  92. @gimmeabruschi & Julie Brannagh …

    Her own account of the alleged incident was riddled with inconsistencies. Her e-mails and text messages were filed with the court and state plainly that she wanted to see him again. That’s one reason local police issued a statement saying they had no evidence an assault had occurred, and would never open a criminal investigation.

    Although there was no jail risk, proceeding with this suit–which has now dragged on two years–would have meant Ben would miss camp and/or playing time sitting in a courtroom continuing to pay hefty legal bills and watching his name dragged through the mud. That’s why my brother and other competent attorneys advise settling these nuisance cases. The idea that no innocent person ever settles these cases sounds lovely, but it’s naive and simply untrue.

  93. @ravensfan4life52:

    “Well since according to most Steeler’s fans Ray Lewis pleading down means that he’s guilty then Big Ben must be guilty as well.”

    Incorrect. Lewis plead down to a criminal charge, and thus has a criminal conviction for his criminal actions. Ben has not been found criminally guilty of anything – this is a civil court here.

    To sum up, Ray Lewis is in fact still guilty of a crime but Big Ben is not.

  94. freedomispopular says:
    Jan 20, 2012 8:06 PM
    I like how everyone automatically assumes the woman wasn’t just making a money grab.

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    I love how Squealer fans can’t see that this 15th f’n incident isn’t enough to assume it’s NOT a money grab.

  95. @rushmatic …

    There have been two incidents: this one, for which there are e-mails and texts the accuser sent the next day saying she couldn’t wait to see him again. And the one in Georgia, for which a medical exam showed no intercourse occurred. No other accusations have been made by anyone except rival fans on PFT.

  96. @Deb

    Filing e-mails and text messages with the court means nothing until they are scrutinized by the Plaintiff and the court. Obviously the court didn’t dismiss the case when BR’s attorneys requested it.

    The fact remains…. we don’t know what happened. All we do know is he paid her off.

  97. @gimmeabruschi …

    Instead of celebrating your team’s return to the Super Bowl, you’re still obsessing over your desperate need for for the Steelers QB to be a sex offender despite all evidence to the contrary. Rivalry is one thing, but this is sad. Bless your heart.

  98. Incorrect. Lewis plead down to a criminal charge, and thus has a criminal conviction for his criminal actions. Ben has not been found criminally guilty of anything – this is a civil court here.

    To sum up, Ray Lewis is in fact still guilty of a crime but Big Ben is not.
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    Easy to do when you have the cops working in cahoots to cover up what you did. AND THAT was proven.

  99. There is ALWAYS going to be a group of people that think that Ben raped her, no matter what happened. Even if the lady came out tomorrow and said there was no rape and this was a scam, people will still think he raped her.

    If anyone cared to actually read the lawsuit, it reads like a horrible novel where EVERYONE in the hotel was covering up and leaving her out to dry.

    Lets also forget about the witness statements where she said told co-workers “I hope I have a Little Ben”, she was looking to get pregnant.

    It was also amazing how there was no criminal complaint AND it took her a year to even file a lawsuit.

    Does not matter, wouldn’t want facts to get in the way of people thinking that Ben actually raped her. That would be too inconvenient .

  100. Deb says: Jan 23, 2012 3:36 PM

    @gimmeabruschi …

    Instead of celebrating your team’s return to the Super Bowl, you’re still obsessing over your desperate need for for the Steelers QB to be a sex offender despite all evidence to the contrary. Rivalry is one thing, but this is sad. Bless your heart.

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    I think you are off base here ma’am. I certainly am not obsessed with BR’s troubles. I have said before I hope he has turned around what can only be described as unsavory behavior at best and downright criminal behavior at worst. There is just no good reason whatsoever for him to have put himself in the positions he has. I am pulling for him to be a changed man.

    My issue is with Steeler fans or non Steeler fans drawing a clear conclusion from the facts when there is no such conclusion proven.

    I think if you were being fair to my take on this you would have to say I’ve been pretty neutral considering I am a fan of a rival team.

    The only reason I speak to you on this is because you have a brain and are sincere, despite the understandable homerism. Most of the rest of the commenters can’t be taken seriously. God bless you Deb.

    I don’t celebrate returns to the Super Bowl. I celebrate Super Bowl victories.

  101. sojumaster says: Jan 24, 2012 7:48 AM

    There is ALWAYS going to be a group of people that think that Ben raped her, no matter what happened. Even if the lady came out tomorrow and said there was no rape and this was a scam, people will still think he raped her.

    If anyone cared to actually read the lawsuit, it reads like a horrible novel where EVERYONE in the hotel was covering up and leaving her out to dry.

    Lets also forget about the witness statements where she said told co-workers “I hope I have a Little Ben”, she was looking to get pregnant.

    It was also amazing how there was no criminal complaint AND it took her a year to even file a lawsuit.

    Does not matter, wouldn’t want facts to get in the way of people thinking that Ben actually raped her. That would be too inconvenient .

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    The fact is none of these things are facts. They are allegations. None of these claims by either side have been scrutinized in a court so they may or may not be legitimate.

    The fact is: we don’t know if he raped her or not.

  102. @gimmeabruschi …

    None of us will ever know what happened in the intimate moments between Ben and those two women. But that’s also the case when you serve on a jury. You have to look at the evidence and strive to make a wise judgment based on available facts.

    As a rape survivor, it was important for me to research the cases and draw my own conclusions. And as a writer who’s covered medical and legal issues for years, I was well able to find the documents and review the material. I went over McNulty’s account line by line, and have read the e-mails and texts. Her backstory is actually quite complicated, but the expressed desire to see Ben again is not. That speaks for itself. So do the results of the forensic exam in Georgia.

    The witness statements completely unraveled the stories about the cop guarding the bathroom door. That tale didn’t even match the accuser’s written account of events. I spent a lot of time reviewing DNA findings, and her test results show plainly that she did not have intercourse with anyone during the time period of the alleged rape. Some have speculated about oral sex, etc. But she has steadfastly maintained that it was intercourse, and that simply could not have happened with these forensic results. Bear in mind, too, that she initially said no sex occurred, but changed her story at the insistence of her friend–a woman Ben personally threw out of the party for ragging him about the Nevada lawsuit. The DA didn’t say he had insufficient evidence against Ben. He said he didn’t have enough evidence to show any crime had occurred and that they would never reopen this issue. Nevada police made the same statement. Those are very pointed comments if people were paying attention.

    Every other story about Roethlisberger and women showed him to be boorish but nonviolent. Stories that were meant to bolster the Georgia claim did just the opposite–they showed that he was a jerk to women but never did them any physical harm, even when they were alone and he could have done whatever he wanted.

    People pay a big price for fame–and foolishness. Ben thought he could treat groupies like throwaway tissues and it would never come back to haunt him. He’s not the first celebrity to discover that’s not always the case. I have no doubt he’s a jerk, but there’s a big difference between beinga jerk and a sex offender. The evidence simply doesn’t support that.

  103. @ Deb

    I agree. The evidence does not support that he was a sex offender. I also agree that “None of us will ever know what happened”.

  104. What a second. Let me get this straight. I do believe this woman sent out an email a couple days after having sex with Ben joking that she was having Ben’s baby. She sent that email out to over 100 people. That is a fact. Also a coworker admitted that she told her she had a plan to sleep with Roethlisberger before the day he arrived. That is another fact.

    Also: If you have a crazy woman who has accused you of rape from an incidence like this and the whole world finds out about it and you go into a bathroom 6 months later with another girl at a bar, you better believe you will have 8 sorority girls screaming that you are raping her. You also better believe that when that girl was making out with Ben, that 4 of those sorority girls yelled at her because he rapes women. You better believe that the 20 year old girl started crying when she said that. You also better believe that when that 20 year old girl admitted she blacked out from being too drunk and can’t remember much, you better believe those sorority girls told her it was okay because he makes more than 100 million dollars and he will pay.

    Is Ben a rapist? Extremely doubtful. Is he still a stupid frat boy? Yes. There’s a difference. He is a dumb idiot who should have never hooked up with a chick from Tahoe that he didn’t know very well and after all that he should have never went into a bathroom to try to makeout with a chick when everyone at the bar thinks you might be a rapist.

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