Complaint in Roethlisberger case alleges huge coverup by coworkers

We’ve previously addressed the crux of the claims made by Andrea McNulty against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

But there’s a separate aspect to this case that Florio didn’t have time to get to on Tuesday as he was talking to pretty much every radio station in the country and appearing on Keith Olbermann’s favorite cable news network.

The rest of the complaint details an alleged coverup by McNulty’s co-workers and superiors at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, along with the physical and emotional distress McNulty experienced after the alleged incident.

The most pointed accusations by McNulty are directed at Guy Hyder, Chief of Security at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, and John Koster, Harrah’s Northern Nevada President.

Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., is not named as a defendant in the suit.

The complaint states that Koster’s valued friendship with Roethlisberger was something he often boasted of and that Hyder, when told of the alleged assault by McNulty, said that McNulty was overreacting.

Hyder also allegedly said “most girls would feel lucky to get to have sex with someone like Ben Roethlisberger” that “Koster would love you even more if he knew about this” and that “Koster would suck his d–k if Roethlisberger let him.”

Last August, soon after the alleged assault, a co-worker warned McNulty that if she ever let on to knowing Roethlisberger, Koster would “personally fire you for starting rumors about Roethlisberger’s personal life.”

The complaint states that, because “Harrah’s and its personnel, particularly Hyder and Koster would side with and support Roethlisberger” she did not go to the police and attempted to deal with the situation on her own. In late September, early October and again in November, McNulty was hospitalized for depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  She had lost 30 pounds.  

The complaint says that, in the fall of 2008, Hyder “entered into contact with Plaintiff’s parents, stating falsely that the reason for Plaintiff’s breakdown was the cessation of a Plaintiff’s e-mail correspondence with a young man and omitting all reference to and concealing the sexual assault that had taken place on July 11, 2008.”

This aligns with TMZ report from earlier in the day, which cited a source who claimed that McNulty had an e-mail relationship with what she believed was a U.S. soldier stationed in Iraq but that the “soldier” was actually the wife of a man with whom McNulty allegedly had a relationship. The TMZ report claims that McNulty was distraught when those e-mails ceased, and that she told others that the soldier had been killed in action.  

According to the complaint, Hyder convinced McNulty to give her a key to her home so that he could check on her during her convalesence but “entered her home and on information belief without her knowledge proceeded to examine and remove and alter the content of and the file or files and information on her work laptop computer and to remove her computer which was done without her knowledge and understanding and was done for the purpose of providing the information to Harrah’s and for their own Defendants’ purposes.”

The claim also states that Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. looked into McNulty’s complaint in April of 2009 and performed interviews with a number of the defendants but that the resulting interviews were a collection of “character assassination.”  It’s also alleged that requests for any surveillance tapes have been “ignored or denied.”

Our messages left for Hyder and Koster have not been returned. A Harrah’s spokesman, Jacqueline Peterson, said this afternoon that, “We don’t have a comment and don’t comment on pending legal matters.”

She had no information on whether the defendants would be represented by Harrah’s legal people or would be retaining their own attorneys.

McNulty’s lawyer, Calvin Dunlap, also declined comment. When asked if there was any reason why not, he said, “Yeah, we try our cases in court, not in the media.”

53 responses to “Complaint in Roethlisberger case alleges huge coverup by coworkers

  1. Oooh the “they came into my house and took stuff” allegation. Used by most nuts. When my clients start with that line, I cut them off right quick.

  2. Key sentence:
    “McNulty was hospitalized for depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.”
    PSD is not valid here and she is simply a nut case.

  3. Wow. That is pretty detailed, and sounds at least somewhat reasonable.
    This could be interesting.

  4. You know what? As the story from this gal becomes wilder — and bigger — it actually is starting to gain more credibility.
    Is it possible that Harrah’s tried to shut her up, and that’s part of the reason its taken so long for this story to surface? Sounds like the real world to me.
    Ben and the Steelers have a lot of fans out there and a lot of people willing to cover for them.
    My bet is the girl’s story is true … and it won’t matter, because nothing will happen to Ben — or Harrah’s — anyway.

  5. “But there’s a separate aspect to this case that Florio didn’t have time to get to on Tuesday as he was talking to pretty much every radio station in the country…”
    Yeah, I understand your motivation for riding this story so hard. Are you proud of yourself? How many people’s lives do you have to destroy, just to get your face out there? No one is going to come out clean from this one. Not the accuser, not Ben Roethlisberger, and certainly not you. You really ought to be ashamed of yourself.

  6. Wow, I seriously doubt that Ben has that much influence at Harrah’s that several people are not only going to risk their careers but their FREEDOM for him. This chick is looking for a payday and should be jailed for filing a false claim, defamation of character, and general douchebaggery.

  7. The wierdest part of the lawsuit is when that one guy (i believe) said he would suck Ben’s penis if ben would allow. I might have read that wrong mighta been a woman who said it (I hope it was).
    All I know Mr. Florio wouldn’t blow another man.

  8. “WeMissYouDan says:
    July 21, 2009 7:29 PM
    Wow, I seriously doubt that Ben has that much influence at Harrah’s that several people are not only going to risk their careers but their FREEDOM for him.”
    If the owner of the casino is a huge Ben fan, I can DEFINITELY see the head of security shutting people up.
    “florio’s biggest fan says:
    July 21, 2009 7:34 PM
    The wierdest part of the lawsuit is when that one guy (i believe) said he would suck Ben’s penis if ben would allow. I might have read that wrong mighta been a woman who said it (I hope it was).”
    Head of security was saying that the owner would perform orally on Ben if Ben would let him. Basically saying the guy was wildly enamored that a big athlete was his buddy.

  9. she sounds like a psycho. more reason for all atheletes to have their groupies sign legal waivers before having sex with them.

  10. ttoo74958….lol….how is this destroying anyone’s life? How would PFT not come out of this clean? PFT is reporting the statements made by the accuser and Ben…..if anyone can be held at fault for ruining people’s lives it would be those directly involved in the legal case…one either lying and one possibly being a rapist….so by your standards should we just do away with reporting all together?

  11. I bet big headed ben did it. Hes a fvck up.
    If he was black the country would be on this like china on white rice.

  12. “My bet is the girl’s story is true … and it won’t matter, because nothing will happen to Ben — or Harrah’s — anyway.”
    Great logic West Coast Offense,
    Who cares if there is no evidence whatsoever, and the accuser just a long winded story that hasnt been proven valid in anyway shape or form. Lets just believe whatever the girl says and cast Ben to the wolves.
    Thank God not everyone is as stupid and ignorant as you.

  13. Seems to me that her medical records should have details about whatever caused her hospitalization.

  14. Wonder if Goodell is going to lay down the law if this gets taken any further. Maybe he sould invite big ben to new york to talk it over just like he did with Vick.
    IF Big Ben is found guilty lets hope Goodell doesn’t take the ESPN approach.

  15. Bad month for crazy chicks and NFL quarterbacks. This sounds like Duke Lacrosse Case part two, except this chick sounds even less credible and there is even less evidence in this one. But I’m sure it’ll get tried in the court of public opinion anyway.

  16. Seriously, you are doing great, lets go for the record and get at least 3 more articles about Roethlisberger in before midnight. There are plenty of angles still to work. What about the rumor that Ben asked for the ‘Filthy Sanchez’?

  17. I’m a little confused here…. There is or isn’t a chance of suspension from this?

  18. I also find it hard to believe that many people who dont know him and dont work for him would put their own careers in danger to make crap up for him. I like the guy as a player and I wouldnt cover for him, especially about something as bad as this.

  19. I’m from the same home town as Big Ben. He is well known womanizer who does not like to hear no. This story is somewhat believable. At least or more so believable than the Kobe story. If this is not pushed to the same level by the media Al Sharpton and Jessee Jackson should be all over this. If he gets a pass after the kobe flap the media is completely racist.

  20. Get over yourself tt0074958.
    You read this article (and probably all the others from every sports site) then post a comment about poor character and judgment??
    Are YOU proud of yourself? You should be ashamed of YOURSELF for participating & adding fuel to the fire.
    Fricking hypocrite.

  21. The bigger the conspiracy the more true her story sounds HA! I bet the boogeyman, Bigfoot, and the lochness monster are named as defendents too and the Black Helicopters are what THEY used to take all the STUFF from her apartment to Area 51.
    At least the lawyer is playing it cool he knows the only way to get the money is try to get the settlement before it goes to trial. Playing chicken with Rothelisbergers lawyer with utterly no proof. This is going to get interesting.

  22. The complaint says that, in the fall of 2008, Hyder “entered into contact with Plaintiff’s parents, stating falsely that the reason for Plaintiff’s breakdown was the cessation of a Plaintiff’s e-mail correspondence with a young man and omitting all reference to and concealing the sexual assault that had taken place on July 11, 2008.”
    If the above is true this is going to blow UP

  23. Have we already established the fact that Mcnulty looks like she had a fire on her face and someone put it out with golf shoes?

  24. west coast offense:
    Its pretty creepy but I believe you to the t. It does seem oddly believeable. Roethlisberger’s rep and the details scream coverup. Ben like many athletes think they are beyond the law. Ben…. I mean I have a history of wreckless behavior like not strapping up when I should, whether it be on a bike or in the bedroom.
    ttoo7458:
    Your a fu@$%g mook. Florio unlike those chuckleheads at espn has balls and is chasing the story hard. Its how you get to be the best at what you do. Florio is the best scoop writer in the business…..yes I can say that now. Does he beat a dead horse on some stories? Yes Does he kill my Bengals almost on a daily basis? Surley. But as much as I thought he was a Steeler homer, I have come to just respect the hell out of this guy and what he does every day. Keep up the tremendous job Florio. If you write it………they will come.

  25. # Swiftraven says: July 21, 2009 8:40 PM
    I also find it hard to believe that many people who dont know him and dont work for him would put their own careers in danger to make crap up for him. I like the guy as a player and I wouldnt cover for him, especially about something as bad as this.
    ______________________________
    I’m not using your post to pick on you, but more than one person expressed the same or similar sentiment. “Why would other Harrah’s employees willfully try to cover up the story and shut up the girl?” Let’s figure this out together.
    John Koster is Harrah’s Northern Nevada President. He’s also Ben Roethlisberger’s friend and played in the tournament with Roethlisberger. Everyone else at Harrah’s works for Koster. He’s their boss. He likes Ben a lot.
    Harrah’s is a big money place. Big money. It’s run by the “good ole boy” network. If you’re an employee of Harrah’s, you don’t want to piss off the President of Harrah’s. People who work for him decided, rather than have an ugly accusation come out that would piss off the President of Harrah’s, they would work to have the girl (accuser) come back to work, resume her career, and get on with it rather than rock the boat.
    Please don’t tell me that this sort of thing doesn’t happen all the time because it does. The “good ole boys”, and all their money, do whatever they want to do and they cover for their “good ole boy” friends. Then they laugh about it and do it some more.
    Remember the “Golden Rule”?
    He who has the gold makes the rules.
    Ben has the gold. Ben’s friend is the President of Harrah’s and they play golf together. A girl is “allegedly” raped and is “allegedly” discouraged from reporting it. Do you think that sounds absurd? Not in the big money world of the “good ole boys”.
    The document that was filed for the lawsuit outlines the beginning of McNulty’s career at Harrah’s and her several subsequent promotions for good performance, including serving “on the project team
    that oversaw the building of the Summit Suite Penthouses, a 30 million dollar project” and given “the responsibility of building, and training the Butler Staff”. This history of “good performance” and promotions are records kept by Harrah’s personnel department. These are not the records of someone who is, as some have stated, “a nut job” or someone who is only looking for a giant payday via a frivolous lawsuit.
    Within two months of the alleged incident, McNulty had to be admitted into three different hospitals (I believe) with severe depression, trauma, and other ailments, including needing intravenous fluids because she had lost so much weight. Certainly the medical records themselves will bear out her condition, physical and mental.
    A person who seemingly has a budding career, evidenced by years of “good performance”, would not intentionally sabotage it by intentionally making herself sick and needing medical attention and then, months later, file a frivolous lawsuit.
    I’m not going to declare guilt or innocence here because nothing has been proven. But, I will say that there are a lot of things outlined in the lawsuit that are very believable. And, there certainly is a reasonable motivation for Harrah’s employees to try to keep McNulty from doing something that would piss off the President of Harrah’s.

  26. “Roethlisberger’s Bitch Tits says:
    July 21, 2009 9:28 PM
    Your a fu@$%g mook. Florio unlike those chuckleheads at espn has balls and is chasing the story hard.”
    To be fair, ESPN has a lot more to lose.
    What would someone win in a defamation case against Florio? A cabin in West Virginia? Oooohhh…..

  27. Jace814 – You’re right – nothing’s proven. But to me this story is sounding more and more believable. The story of a cover-up from the mgmt of Harrah’s — very plausible. If the regional president was so proud of his association with Ben — sure I could see them trying to keep it all hush-hush. Get rid of any evidence. It’s just the girl’s word against everybody else’s. She’s a nut job anyway.
    I think she’s right.
    And I think Ben, Koster, Hyder and whoever else is in on the cover-up will get away with it.
    Oh, Ben’s reputation will take a hit. That will stick for awhile. But it will eventually fade. The girl won’t get a dollar.
    Just another night in Tahoe.

  28. “Koster would suck his d–k if Roethlisberger let him.”
    The same could be said for 80% of Patriots “fans” regarding Belicheat and Cindy Brady

  29. And everybody says that what Mike Vick did was wrong. If these allegations turn turn out to be true, Big Ben is f–ked. Dogfighting or sexual assault? I think sexual assault is worse by a wide margin. I think the Steelers might be one of the teams inquiring about Vick when he gets reinstated. THe thing bout this is Goodell probably can’tdo anything about this cause its a civil complaint and I don’t think he has authority to suspend him cause of this. But Goodell makes up rules as he goes along anyway, so he might just suspend him anyway. This might be the first time Goodell might have to suspend a white player if I recall.

  30. Sometimes I think Mr. Florio takes a story and runs with it but….nobody picked up the Micheal Vick case at the time did they??? As much as I don’t agree with his stretch on lame stories, I respect him more than espn. I don’t agree with him having this Tom Curran guy around that seems to want this all to go away. Where there is smoke there is fire. Something happen and I’m glad Mike is going to get to the bottom of it. People keep checking this site for the real news and not the paid news.

  31. In the complaint she named the following former co-workers as accomplices:
    Bigfoot, Elvis, and 2 Voltrans who worked security. Voltrans eat silverware and shart sparkles when startled, so please approach with caution.

  32. @ Paul_R. …. nice thought out post…
    I have a hard time thinking this girl would do this for the money. Her reputation is ruined whether the allegations are true or false. The court of public opinion is harsh.
    Just a wait and see what’s next kinda thing.

  33. Don’t worry mrmagoo, I’m sure that PFT Planet will afford Frankenburger the same level of presumption of innocence that you afford players from other teams.
    In other words, an accusation = he did it, oh yeah he definitely did it.

  34. Bob Nelson:
    Please do all of us a favor. Don’t post judgements for which you have no qualifications.
    PSD is actually a very common response for people who have been raped, assaulted, or even just molested or otherwise threatened. It isn’t just something that happens to soldiers returning from war or whatever you may think it is.
    Please come back when you have common sense, have performed a little research, or have some kind of a degree to make such statements. Or keep your armchair quaterbacking to what happens on the field.

  35. PFT is becoming the National Enquirer. It’s character assasination on both sides. Why can’t the media just leave it alone till it’s been through court. This is a “she says, he says” case that won’t ever be settled in everyones mind. It plays to the prurient interest of a lot of weird people out there. If the court finds in Ben’s favor, she should go to prison. If it finds in her favor, he should go to prison. Only then will people quit throwing up lawsuits to see if they can benefit from them.

  36. VoxVeritas says:
    July 22, 2009 9:58 AM
    Don’t worry mrmagoo, I’m sure that PFT Planet will afford Frankenburger the same level of presumption of innocence that you afford players from other teams.
    In other words, an accusation = he did it, oh yeah he definitely did it.
    _________________
    Vox,
    I haven’t heard about you being this excited since they took the wheels off your house. Come on back now when you understand the difference between a conviction and a quest for a settlement. Even in your factually challenged world you should be able to get someone to use your crayons to draw you a picture explaining the difference. This thing has more red flags than your report card.

  37. I left messages for all of the people that the media did I also did not get a response. By the way I was only one of 3,843 who sought a response. Just who do the media type think they are expecting a call back???

  38. All I can say is WOW. Some of the comments left by people show how utterly uninformed people are.
    1) PTSD or PSD – As mentioned by Aaron, is a VERY common side affect from someone being raped.
    2) Tom Curran is a Football reporter for MSNBC. He tends to be very accurate, though, like any reporter, can be fed misinformation at times. He certainly has more credibility than Florio.
    3) While ESPN hasn’t run with this yet, AOL has. Its a main topic on their Fanhouse site and on their AIMZONEs.
    4) To the people who think that people in professional sports don’t get preferential treatment at hotels/restaraunts/Resorts, you really need to get out more. Its a very common practice for players to be handled with kids gloves and for problems to “be handled” for them.
    5) Did anyone else find it interesting that Harrah’s refused the request for the security videos? If they had nothing to hide, they’d have relinquished them.
    I have no idea if Roethlingsburger did what he’s accused of. What I do know is that the people who are making the ignorant statements about his accuser are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

  39. Jackf – who said the media “EXPECTED” a call back? Or is that just an assumption on your part?
    Heck, most calls by the media aren’t returned when the issue is regarding legal matters.. They know that. We know it. They just posted it so their bosses know that they did their job.
    Why are you complaining about the media anyways? Its not like Curran is some schmuck that plagiarizes another person’s work or doesn’t vet his sources before writing an article.
    All the stuff Curran mentioned is things that are matters of public record now because they are part of the suit that was filed.

  40. Meliliko – You truly are uninformed. McNulty can’t go to prison. This is a CIVIL case, not a criminal one. She could only go to prison if she filed false CRIMINAL charges. Which she didn’t or if she did attempt to, the police felt there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue the case.
    Also, all the media has done if report on a civil case that is now a matter of public record. It is the FANS who are over-reacting or just reacting without being informed.

  41. This same thing happened to Jerome Bettis. A girl went down on him in the car, and then went to blackmail him, claiming rape. Only thing was, she was stupid enough to talk about the plan with other people…

  42. I don’t know about you guys…..but I smell a lewinsky move coming up shortly.
    Beware!

  43. I honestly can’t even believe this is happening, yet again! Where the heck were all of McNulty’s friends during the time of this occurance? Didn’t anyone step up and tell her to speak out on it? If this supposedly took place, there would have to be conversations between friends, and anyone else she was associated with! I have a hard time believing this one. If she’s serious that it took place, why a Civil Lawsuit and not a Criminal Investigation? She really wants to pin things on the Harrah individuals, then I would suggest she does the Criminal Investigation, and let the Police handle it! If she’s not telling the truth…. Then I hope GUILT eats her alive! She should be ashamed of herself for “crying wolf”! This is why it’s so hard to prosecute such cases for women!

  44. The person who claims that “PSD is not valid here and she is simply a nut case,” obviously knows little about the effects of rape. PTSD is quite common in rape victims. I don’t know whose telling the truth in the McNulty/Roehtlisberger case, but let’s at least keep from spreading myths.

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