The affidavit submitted Friday by a former co-worker of the woman who is suing Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for sexual assault represents, in our view, an eye-popping initial assault by Roethlisberger’s legal team against the lawsuit.
But we’ve got a feeling there’s more to come. A lot more.
The affidavit, which claims not only that the plaintiff bragged about having sex with Roethlisberger but also claims that the allegation of sexual assault was fabricated as part of a premeditated attack on Harrah’s and Roethlisberger, could be the first of many pieces of evidence that will systematically demonstrate that the statements made by the plaintiff after her alleged encounter undermine the claims she now is making.
We also believe that Roethlisberger’s lawyers fully intend to demonstrate, with excruciating and crushing detail, that there is no merit to the plaintiff’s claims.
There’s also a chance that Roethlisberger and his lawyers will go even farther than merely defeating the claims, and that eventually the plaintiff and her lawyer will face direct attacks against their interests for pursuing the case in the first place.
So stay tuned. This one could get very interesting. Or, more accurately, more interesting than it already is.