Georgia investigators may interview Roethlisberger's Nevada accuser

Well, if Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won’t be talking to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, then the Georgia Bureau of Investigation might be talking to someone else Roethlisberger knows.

The agency wants to interview the Nevada woman who sued Roethlisberger for sexual assault last year.

Lawyer Calvin Dunlap told KDKA-TV about the request (via ESPN.com).  Dunlap has not ruled out the possibility.  “They need information from us, and frankly we need information from
them, so I will make a decision on how to proceed as the need arises,” Dunlap said.

The Nevada case is on hold as the state’s Supreme Court decides whether it should be moved to a different county.

So if charges are filed in Georgia, the trial could feature an appearance of the Nevada accuser.  Though it’s highly unlikely that she’d be followed by a Seinfeld finale-style parade, we’re hoping for Arnold Palmer to take the stand, too.
 

43 responses to “Georgia investigators may interview Roethlisberger's Nevada accuser

  1. I actually think this is good news for Ben, because that moron in Nevada is going to ruin the investigation in GA, lol

  2. Yep, when Ben can then provide all the other facts that have been determined from that case including her alleged emails, etc, and the Georgia folks get the other witness’ statements, they will see the Nevada woman as nothing more than a gold digging bimbo who tried to take advantage of Ben’s money and fame. Ben having consensual sex in the privacy of his hotel room in Nevada will have no negative impact for him on whatever happens in Georgia. He was an married man at that time. Case closed.

  3. Do you get the feeling that in about 15 years we’ll be seeing Rapenstein on America’s Most Wanted?

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  5. The First woman said that all Ben had to do was donate to womens abuse and tell the truth about what he did. She was not just looking for money and look how people are doing her. It is hard enough for these women to come forward. They shouldn’t having to be put through this by the media and bloggers. The second girl has dropped out of school. That poor innocent “southern bell” and Ben has turned her life upside down and torn it apart. He reminds me of Chris Brown!!! THE MEDIA GAVE HIM ONE PASS ALREADY, SO THE FIRST WOMAN WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO USE THE BAD PRESS TO GET MORE MONEY OUT OF HIM. THATS THE OPPOSITE OF HOW THEY DID TIGER. THE MEDIA HELPED THOSE SKANKS GET RICH OFF OF HIM. SO I DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR HIM. TWICE IN A YEAR? I KIND OF BELIEVE HE DID IT. I JUST FEEL SORRY FOR THE GIRL BECAUSE HE PROBABLY RAPED HER AND WILL GET AWAY WITH IT. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME WE’VE HEARD ABOUT RAPE IN A YEAR AND THAT PASS THE MEDIA GAVE HIM THE FIRST TIME IS WHY PEOPLE ARE THROWING HIM UNDER THIS TIME. THAT HOW SPECIAL TREATMENT CAN HURT YOU.

  6. More bad news for Bennie Boy. The Georgia sleuths would not be bothering with her if they didn’t feel they had some traction with this case. They are stocking up their ammo.

  7. I have a good friend from school who is from Pitt. He goes to some of the same watering holes as Ben, and told me point blank to my my face that Ben is an obnoxious drinker. When he’s wasted he says anything that comes to his head to women. A lot of the times they are so offended that they don’t even care that he’s a star. We don’t know exactly what happened, we shoudl wait for the facts to come out. But it deosn’t work this way for everyone. Pacman Jones got crushed in the media before any charges were filed or convictions, or guilty pleas were submitted. We need to be fair to everyone. In fairness, this is the second incident in a realtively short period of time where similar allegations are being made. I can believe that there are gold diggers, and girls that just want money, but this is starting to look like a pattern of behavior. I’m all for giving someone the benefit of the doubt until proven to be guilty, I would just hope that everyone would get a fair shake. Not just our favorite athletes.

  8. Is that even legal? Why would she be allowed to take the stand? One is a civil case, the other potentially criminal.

  9. It puts the lotion on the skin says:
    March 18, 2010 1:44 PM
    I actually think this is good news for Ben, because that moron in Nevada is going to ruin the investigation in GA, lol
    I do to and it tells me if they need each other to make thier perspective cases stick then , Well, neither has a case, I think if GA had anything that they could make stick, then he would have done been charged, but I am beginning to think that these both might have more of a connection than just the accusation.

  10. Sounds like the prosecution is reaching. How far along are we into this and still no charges?
    Looking like there is less and less here. Don’t get me wrong, Ratzenfarter is a tool, but apparently still now worthy of indictment.

  11. What a humbling experience. Guilty or not, I wonder if he’ll finally realize that he is not the center of the universe. Probably not.

  12. LOL. What a dumb A$$. Cant fix stupid. I would require all my sexual conquests submit to video documentation of their “yes” before I sexually assaulted them. All the money he will lose. All the respect he has lost. All kept safe with a HD cam. This message brought to you by SONY, its in our HDNA.

  13. The pertinent question is what is admissible in court under Georgia law. Since no criminal charges were filed in Nevada, can the civil suit, as yet unsettled, be introduced as evidence against Roethlisberger? If yes, suppose Roethlisberger quickly settles the suit with a non-disclosure agreement. Can the plaintiff in the civil suit then be compelled to testify in Georgia?

  14. joethaplumber says:
    March 18, 2010 2:04 PM
    The First woman said that all Ben had to do was donate to womens abuse and tell the truth about what he did. She was not just looking for money and look how people are doing her.
    She only done this after it was made well aware that her case was sinking faster than the Titanic and then she would have had a stout case against Harrah;s since her and her ambulance chaser tried to shake them down first, for 3 million and you see that both attempts failed.
    I dont think that given that there was no criminal charges in NV that they could use it, but if they can then yes I would say that they could use what tehy have against her, and then if she slips and tells the wrong story then it could be used against her in her own case, this could hurt her in the end,and I think Dumblap knows it.. Thats why it hasnt been set up yet.
    I think with the money he is spending on legal counsel at the present moment I dont think he is planning on settling with either. BUt I may be wrong, but McNutty might as well get her another 15 minutes of fame it wont last,
    But I think this shows if they have to depend on McNutty to make a case in GA then they have no case. it is looking clearer and clearer.

  15. There could be some specific proclivity to Ben’s alleged sexual assault behavior the investigation is trying to corroborate. These two women have had no contact and if certain details are common that could be a strong point in a case against him. For instance, if there was something he repeated verbally in both cases that could be a compelling factor to a jury, as how could both women make up the exact same thing. There are myriad other possibilities regarding what they are after. I think this action shows it is more likely he will be indicted rather than less.

  16. Its a shame a 28 year old can’t hook up with a girl at the bar anymore these days. What a shitty country. Everyone quick to judge, when most of you would do the same thing. You know he didn’t rape anyone, thats why you make fun of him so much. If it was REALLY serious, ppl wouldn’t be crackin half the jokes they are. If vick can actually kill puppies, and have it blow over, then this is a non issue and will go away 10 times faster.
    Slutty girls get ashamed of their actions after its over, and claim rape to try to save some face. Its pathetic. CLOSE YOUR LEGS WHORE! this shit wouldn’t happen.
    Bumped your head my ass..

  17. Interviewing McNutty is a complete waste of time. Only scrubby lawyers would permit anything that she has to say to be admittable into evidence.
    Evidence of past bad acts is flat out inadmissible.
    No good lawyer would allow the Nevada allegations into evidence for any other reason (motive, intent, character evid, etc)
    Complete waste of Georgia taxpayer $$.

  18. Is that even legal? Why would she be allowed to take the stand? One is a civil case, the other potentially criminal.
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    The short answer to that is, ‘yes, it is completely legal, but there are a number of potential motions that a defense team could file to attempt to bar her testimony.’
    The prosecution would be attempting to establish a pattern of behavior in this case. It is certainly not illegal for her to testify based on a settlement agreement, because there is no settlement agreement in this case.
    If she were allowed to testify, the defense team could, in other cases, call witnesses in Nevada law enforcement to counter her testimony.
    Ie -> her testimony, “He raped me in the hotel room.”
    Cop’s counter testimony -> “We investigated the matter and found no crime had been committed.”
    Unfortunately for BR in this case, there really would be no counter testimony from Nevada law enforcement because they never actually investigated the allegation, so the potential cop involved would really have nothing to say other than, ‘we never investigated.’
    This is sort of tantamount to a criminal investigation of a criminal and it is later discovered that he had been committing crimes for a long time. There was a surfer who was killed in California several years ago by a member of a gang.
    The prosecution called several witnesses to testify that the gang member had engaged in all sorts of aggressive and bullying behavior in the past. None of those incidents were ever reported as crimes, but the stories were persuasive to the jury because it established in their minds the type of guy he was.
    Of course in these sorts of matters, because there is no corroboration, it would really all hinge on how credible the witness of the previously uninvestigated crime is to the jury.

  19. I am so sick of hearing about Big Ben….
    With that said, we do not know what happened… We may never know the truth…. Who really cares though?? He wet his stick in the wrong girl, and its coming back to haunt him…. I’m sure he didn’t rape her, but probably “talked” her into doing something she wasn’t too comfortable with… She most likely teased him and enjoyed the attention she was receiving from being with him all night… Sooo, everything was cool until she walked out of the bathroom and realized what a skank she looked like….
    Bottom line… Seems like bullshit case, but he should be taught a lesson so this kind of thing doesn’t happen anymore…

  20. TexansMike says:
    March 18, 2010 2:19 PM
    This is old news. Write something worthy if you are going to write.
    Wow, TexansMike, you have an incredibly inflated opinion of yourself, huh? YOU now determine what a person can write in his own blog?? GFY!!
    (and while your at it, howsabout practicing what you preach!!)

  21. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck it is a duck. There has to be something to this or it would not be going on this long. Accussed Rapist and now Accused of Assaulting 20 year old girls. This dude is pure garbage and a real punk.

  22. joethaplumber__”but this is starting to look like a pattern of behavior. ”
    Even worse is that if the reports are true, he was trolling for women. He cast a wide net with the aid of his boys. This shows that he has a propensity to live it loose. With that it is not a stretch to say he parties without using the right head. But ultimately, let the facts come out and prove it. If not we’ll just have to leave it up to the Ravens clean him up.

  23. BP, yes I would say they are looking for a pattern, but anyone with any prior knowledge to the NV case knows what she said, and anyone that hasnt lived under a rock knows that he has been accused before.
    But how do we know that these 2 “victims” dont know each other, it is obvious that the other case if bogus and they knew it, and what would give a sinking case legs again,,ALA another accusation.
    It would not take much to bribe or say convice a young girl to do this, and it has been reported that she followed him to 3 different bars and that when they got to the place that this happened then she wanted to go back to the VIP lounge and her friends didnt and did not accompany her when she did go back, she was wanting to stay close to him for some reason.
    And it has also been reported that she went to the bathroom willingly and was not forced to go there, and no one else was in that bathroom . And it was also reported that she never seemed upset when she came out,,,Now there is a simularity but it is in both “victims’ more than the accused, the after the fact regrets and embarrasment. So lets cry rape.
    But I may be wrong, but I think they are grasping or he would have done been charged.

  24. But how do we know that these 2 “victims” dont know each other, it is obvious that the other case if bogus and they knew it, and what would give a sinking case legs again,,ALA another accusation.
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    Mainly because that is a scenario that belongs in an Agatha Christie novel or on some movie starring Sean Young from the late 80’s rather than being anything even remotely plausible.
    Georgia and Nevada are on opposite sides of the country. If the two BR accusers actually knew each other prior to the 2nd one’s accusation, the entire country would know it by now because that information would have leaked.
    The Milledgeville, GA police department is not exactly MI5. And the accuser is a college student. All it would take is one Facebook entry from someone who knows that she knew the first accuser and everyone in the nation would know they knew each other.

  25. Three weeks tomorrow and still NO charges. Ben will not miss a game due to this BS.

  26. Yey. What is going to happen here is that, let’s just call them NV and GA, NV participates in the investigation with GA. If there is enough evidence, then NV’s atty may file criminal charges in NV. There is a statute of limitations on everything, except murder. Then Ben is going to have to handle 2 cases on two different fronts, again, because criminal charges may be filed in both locations. NV can willingly participate with GA because of reciprocity and it being admited BY A JUDGE to the presumed charges. It establishes a mental and physical pattern. Ok Ben, NOW WHAT? Come out like Tiger and say, Ok I was bad… sorry. What a CROCK!
    He needs to be neutered. YES, neutered.

  27. # joethaplumber says: March 18, 2010 2:09 PM
    I have a good friend from school who is from Pitt. He goes to some of the same watering holes as Ben, and told me point blank to my my face that Ben is an obnoxious drinker. When he’s wasted he says anything that comes to his head to women. A lot of the times they are so offended that they don’t even care that he’s a star. We don’t know exactly what happened, we shoudl wait for the facts to come out. But it deosn’t work this way for everyone. Pacman Jones got crushed in the media before any charges were filed or convictions, or guilty pleas were submitted. We need to be fair to everyone. In fairness, this is the second incident in a realtively short period of time where similar allegations are being made. I can believe that there are gold diggers, and girls that just want money, but this is starting to look like a pattern of behavior. I’m all for giving someone the benefit of the doubt until proven to be guilty, I would just hope that everyone would get a fair shake. Not just our favorite athletes.
    ********************************************
    Do you post this same exact message in every thread related to this story? I swear it’s the second or third time I’ve read it now.
    At any rate, I wish the story would go away and we could have a verdict. We know hardly any more than when the story originally came about, despite the fact that it pops up everywhere. Any shock appeal in this story has died off long ago, and having to read the same people give the same opinions over and over is getting old as hell.

  28. Bens Attorney,
    Contending the two women knew each other is preposterous. It is possible, just as it is possible you will win the lottery grand prize this week.
    The fact the investigation continues implies they have something concrete already to go on. What would the point be of interviewing the Nevada woman if what they have already investigated came up empty?
    The Nevada case has not been thrown out despite shrill requests by BR’s attorneys and the latest developments involve a change of venue which indicates this is likely going to trial. Neither has the plaintiffs lawyer backed down one iota despite grand gestures by BR’s posse against him. To posture that it is a slam dunk win for BR is very premature. We have no idea what her attorney has up hid sleeve because unlike BR his client has no need for PR damage control and has not been casting every bit of so called evidence it can find to the four winds. Stay tuned for further developments.

  29. Reba, it doesn’t work that way.
    Nevada’s attorney is a civil litigator. He doesn’t have authority to file criminal charges. Police in Nevada have said they have NO evidence that a crime ever occurred there because no one ever reported a crime. The court has signed affidavits from Andrea McNulty’s friends stating that she bragged about having sex with Ben, said she hoped she was pregnant, and wanted a girlfriend to travel to Pittsburgh with her to go club-crawling in hopes she’d meet Ben again. Her time-stamped text messages show she was joking with her boyfriend that he looked like Ben at the time she was supposed to be running from his room. A couple of days after the supposed rape, she was texting about looking forward to seeing Ben at the VIP dinner.
    I asked my brother, the criminal defense lawyer, why Georgia investigators would want to talk with her. He gave me different scenarios–and people like BP, who are assuming it means the hammer is about to fall on Ben maybe very wrong. It could mean the opposite.
    Despite making a big to-do of this in public, so far Nevada’s lawyer has refused to grant the interview. She is the accuser and has nothing to lose. If she’s telling the truth, why wouldn’t she talk to Georgia investigators?

  30. As a lifelong Steeler fan I want this slob gone. This fool placed himself in this position whether he’s innocent or not.
    “If you emerge a pure as snow you remain an imbecile.” – The Duelists (brilliant fing movie)

  31. @SeaSteel …
    I try to live by a certain standard, but personally, I don’t think anyone is pure as snow–even those who’ve never gotten themselves into the mess Roethlisberger is facing. Your opinion is your business–wouldn’t argue with you. But someone else posted this link today. You should check out the article. Just something to chew on.
    http://www.heraldstandard.com/news_detail/article/1636/2010/march/11/steeler-fans-unfairly-picking-on-ben.html

  32. @ Deb…
    Valid points, certainly. It just seems as though Roethlisberger doesn’t have the capacity to learn from experience and as such make better decisions. I don’t think any reasonable fan can argue with his ability or his value to the Steelers but a 28yo multimillionaire should be able to go out and have a good time w/o trying to tag 20yo coeds. Sadly, he may well be innocent but he is again an unnecessary distraction.

  33. @SeaSteel …
    After following the Nevada case closely, I’m convinced it’s an extortion attempt, which makes me skeptical about the Georgia case. And assuming he’s innocent, I’m hoping he’ll be able to make those dramatic life changes. I agree about the frat-boy lifestyle. The magnitude of the stupidity with the other case pending blows my mind. But I’ve seen some other positives, so I’m hoping he’s salvageable, for his own sake as well as the team’s–if he gets out of the legal mess.

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