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stlrz d
09-14-2009, 11:42 PM
Lawyer: Strike alleged rape victim's statement
By SANDRA CHEREB - Associated Press Writer

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A lawyer for several Lake Tahoe hotel employees named in a civil suit that accuses Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of rape says the lawsuit and timing of events are the "cold, calculated vengeance of a woman scorned."

Margo Piscevich, in a motion filed Monday in Washoe District Court in Reno, further argues that the woman's affidavit, filed last week, is "nothing more or less than media grandstanding" and should be stricken from the court record.

In the same filing, she opposed an earlier motion by the woman's lawyer, Cal Dunlap, to amend his suit to name Harrah's corporate entity as a defendant.

According to court documents filed late Friday, Angela Antonetti said the woman who made the rape claim "did not appear to be upset, stressed-out or nervous" about her time with the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback during a 2008 celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe.

Antonetti said her Harrah's hotel-casino co-worker "appeared happy and boastful," and later said she thought she might be pregnant from the encounter. Antonetti made the remarks in a sworn statement attached to a motion to move the case from Reno to Minden, Nev.

Dunlap, who has repeatedly refused to comment on the case, could not be immediately reached Monday afternoon.

A VIP hostess at the Lake Tahoe hotel-casino, the woman filed her lawsuit in July, alleging the two-time Super Bowl winner assaulted her July 11, 2008, in his hotel penthouse while attending a celebrity golf tournament. The Associated Press, as a matter of policy, does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted.

The suit also names Harrah's President John Koster, security chief Guy Hyder, and six other current or former employees as defendants, alleging they orchestrated a cover-up of the incident.

The woman says she was repeatedly hospitalized for emotional distress in the weeks and months afterward. Her suit seeks a minimum of $440,000 in damages from Roethlisberger, at least $50,000 in damages from the Harrah's officials and an unspecified amount of punitive damages.

Roethlisberger has denied the allegation and his lawyers have suggested the woman is mentally unstable.

In her 54-page affidavit, the woman said Roethlisberger lured her to his suite, saying his television wasn't working properly, and assaulted her. She said she reported the incident to Hyder the next day, but that he insisted it was "no big deal" and never followed up with an investigation.

The woman never filed a criminal report with police, something advocates for sexual assault victims say is not uncommon.

But lawyers for Roethlisberger and the Harrah's defendants counter that e-mails contained in the court record from the woman to Hyder and others show she was infatuated with Roethlisberger and boasted of having sex with him.

The e-mails, Piscevich said in Monday's motions, tell the "whole pathetic story."

Piscevich said the chronology of events suggests the actions of a woman scorned.

After having sex with Roethlisberger in July 2008 and telling a friend, former Harrah's hotel director Stacy Dingman, that Roethlisberger is "hot," Roethlisberger then ignores her, Piscevich said.

In January, after the Steelers win the AFC Championship and prepare for the Super Bowl, she changes her story, telling Dingman that Roethlisberger assaulted her, Piscevich said in the motion.

Piscevich said the woman's suit was filed just as the NFL preseason was about to open, and that her affidavit was filed one day before the Steelers' 2009 opener last Thursday.

"The timing appears to be more than coincidence - it seems to be rather the cold, calculated vengeance of a woman scorned," Piscevich wrote.

Dingman's lawyers, in a separate motion filed Monday, argue the allegations against her lack merit and should be dismissed.

The woman alleges besides participating in the cover-up, Dingman told others at some point that the woman was treated for schizophrenia, attorney Dora Lane said.

Lane said Dingman denies the allegation, and attached an exhibit showing the accuser in late 2008 had been prescribed anti-psychotic medications that are used to treat schizophrenia, among other things.

Previous filings from Dunlap, the woman's lawyer, included medical records and notes from a doctor who in December 2008 concluded she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and had suffered hallucinations after she learned that a soldier she had been courting via the Internet turned out to be a hoax.

Later handwritten notes by the doctor in January 2009 include a notation, "describes a sexual assault that occurred last summer."


http://www.thesunnews.com/621/story/1068845.html

rpmpit
09-15-2009, 08:40 AM
While armpit jr. is showing all the signs of someday becoming an NFL caliber quarterback (at the age of 3-1/2 :D ), seeing what Ben is dealing with, I'm hoping 'pit jr. decides to become an accountant instead!

But seriously, this woman seems MORE than a bit nutty. Let's hope that when this is all over, she doesn't show up at Ben's house wearing a wedding dress and armed with an uzi.

papillon
09-15-2009, 09:52 PM
While armpit jr. is showing all the signs of someday becoming an NFL caliber quarterback (at the age of 3-1/2 :D ), seeing what Ben is dealing with, I'm hoping 'pit jr. decides to become an accountant instead!

But seriously, this woman seems MORE than a bit nutty. Let's hope that when this is all over, she doesn't show up at Ben's house wearing a wedding dress and armed with an uzi.

Dennis Rodman is that you with the Uzi? :P

Pappy

rpmpit
09-16-2009, 08:04 AM
While armpit jr. is showing all the signs of someday becoming an NFL caliber quarterback (at the age of 3-1/2 :D ), seeing what Ben is dealing with, I'm hoping 'pit jr. decides to become an accountant instead!

But seriously, this woman seems MORE than a bit nutty. Let's hope that when this is all over, she doesn't show up at Ben's house wearing a wedding dress and armed with an uzi.

Dennis Rodman is that you with the Uzi? :P

Pappy


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

RuthlessBurgher
09-16-2009, 10:06 AM
While armpit jr. is showing all the signs of someday becoming an NFL caliber quarterback (at the age of 3-1/2 :D ), seeing what Ben is dealing with, I'm hoping 'pit jr. decides to become an accountant instead!

But seriously, this woman seems MORE than a bit nutty. Let's hope that when this is all over, she doesn't show up at Ben's house wearing a wedding dress and armed with an uzi.

Dennis Rodman is that you with the Uzi? :P

Pappy

No. It's Ricky Williams.

http://www.totalprosports.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/r-willaims-wedding-dress1.jpg

stlrz d
09-16-2009, 10:11 AM
While armpit jr. is showing all the signs of someday becoming an NFL caliber quarterback (at the age of 3-1/2 :D ), seeing what Ben is dealing with, I'm hoping 'pit jr. decides to become an accountant instead!

But seriously, this woman seems MORE than a bit nutty. Let's hope that when this is all over, she doesn't show up at Ben's house wearing a wedding dress and armed with an uzi.

If you want that boy to have a cush gig that makes a TON of money I have three simple words for you:

Left handed pitching.

You will retire in style. :D

rpmpit
09-16-2009, 12:01 PM
While armpit jr. is showing all the signs of someday becoming an NFL caliber quarterback (at the age of 3-1/2 :D ), seeing what Ben is dealing with, I'm hoping 'pit jr. decides to become an accountant instead!

But seriously, this woman seems MORE than a bit nutty. Let's hope that when this is all over, she doesn't show up at Ben's house wearing a wedding dress and armed with an uzi.

If you want that boy to have a cush gig that makes a TON of money I have three simple words for you:

Left handed pitching.

You will retire in style. :D

Good point. Maybe if I tie his right arm behind his back to force him to use only his left...

If anyone from DYFS (NJ Division of Youth and Family Services) is reading this I AM KIDDING!!!


maybe :twisted: :lol: