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fordfixer
10-09-2009, 02:34 AM
Lawyer for Roethlisberger accuser attacks 'frivolous' claim

By Jason Cato, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, October 9, 2009
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 47169.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_647169.html)

Ben Roethlisberger's failure to make a sworn legal statement denying an accusation that he sexually assaulted a Nevada casino worker undermines his position, his accuser's lawyer said this week in a court filing.

"This case is not even a 'she said, he said' case," Reno attorney Calvin Dunlap wrote. "It is a 'she said' case because he has never, in this litigation, said otherwise."

Roethlisberger is not legally required to file such an affidavit.

Dunlap's comments came in a 10-page rebuttal filed Tuesday to a motion for sanctions against him, which Roethlisberger's attorney's sought for filing what they called a "frivolous" lawsuit designed to "coerce a windfall from an admired, civic-minded and successful football star."

Dunlap called that allegation "bunk."

A 31-year-old woman filed a civil lawsuit this summer claiming the Steelers quarterback sexually assaulted her in July 2008 at Harrah's Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino, where she worked as a VIP concierge. Roethlisberger was staying at the hotel while attending a celebrity golf tournament.

The woman did not report the allegations to police, though the lawsuit states she did inform Harrah's security chief. The lawsuit accuses several Harrah's employees of participating in a cover-up scheme.

"She has brought her case for the sole purpose of ending Mr. Roethlisberger's belief that he can, at will, pursue his narcissistic sense of entitlement to have his way with any and every woman irrespective of their will," Dunlap wrote.

The Tribune-Review doesn't name alleged victims of sexual assault.

Roethlisberger adamantly denied the accusation during a July news conference at the Steelers' South Side headquarters.

David Cornwell, who represents Roethlisberger, declined to comment on Dunlap's most recent filing. A response will be filed by Tuesday, he said.

Roethlisberger's lawyers have accused the woman of contriving the rape story in order to keep her job. Through court filings, Roethlisberger and other defendants have said the accuser bragged about having sex with the two-time Super Bowl champion and later sought mental-health treatment after learning that an Internet romance was a hoax.

Defense lawyers have filed in court excerpts from e-mails and other electronic messages sent between the accuser and her fictitious boyfriend, who she believed to be a soldier named "Ben" serving in Iraq.

Those messages, Roethlisberger's lawyers contend, prove the woman's claims are baseless because they were sent in the hours and days following the alleged rape and never mention the incident.

Dunlap said defense lawyers "cherry picked" portions of the messages "to support their false premises." He provided the judge with excerpts that appear to reference her version of the events.

"I have an experience that I will take with me to the grave," she wrote in one message before later adding, "and that secret I kept to myself surfaced like you wouldn't believe."

Two weeks ago, the judge refused Roethlisberger's request to dismiss the lawsuit. No hearings or trial date have been set.

stlrz d
10-09-2009, 07:25 AM
Lawyer for Roethlisberger accuser attacks 'frivolous' claim

By Jason Cato, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, October 9, 2009
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 47169.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_647169.html)

Ben Roethlisberger's failure to make a sworn legal statement denying an accusation that he sexually assaulted a Nevada casino worker undermines his position, his accuser's lawyer said this week in a court filing.

"This case is not even a 'she said, he said' case," Reno attorney Calvin Dunlap wrote. "It is a 'she said' case because he has never, in this litigation, said otherwise."

Roethlisberger is not legally required to file such an affidavit.

Dunlap's comments came in a 10-page rebuttal filed Tuesday to a motion for sanctions against him, which Roethlisberger's attorney's sought for filing what they called a "frivolous" lawsuit designed to "coerce a windfall from an admired, civic-minded and successful football star."

Dunlap called that allegation "bunk."

A 31-year-old woman filed a civil lawsuit this summer claiming the Steelers quarterback sexually assaulted her in July 2008 at Harrah's Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino, where she worked as a VIP concierge. Roethlisberger was staying at the hotel while attending a celebrity golf tournament.

The woman did not report the allegations to police, though the lawsuit states she did inform Harrah's security chief. The lawsuit accuses several Harrah's employees of participating in a cover-up scheme.

"She has brought her case for the sole purpose of ending Mr. Roethlisberger's belief that he can, at will, pursue his narcissistic sense of entitlement to have his way with any and every woman irrespective of their will," Dunlap wrote.

The Tribune-Review doesn't name alleged victims of sexual assault.

Roethlisberger adamantly denied the accusation during a July news conference at the Steelers' South Side headquarters.

David Cornwell, who represents Roethlisberger, declined to comment on Dunlap's most recent filing. A response will be filed by Tuesday, he said.

Roethlisberger's lawyers have accused the woman of contriving the rape story in order to keep her job. Through court filings, Roethlisberger and other defendants have said the accuser bragged about having sex with the two-time Super Bowl champion and later sought mental-health treatment after learning that an Internet romance was a hoax.

Defense lawyers have filed in court excerpts from e-mails and other electronic messages sent between the accuser and her fictitious boyfriend, who she believed to be a soldier named "Ben" serving in Iraq.

Those messages, Roethlisberger's lawyers contend, prove the woman's claims are baseless because they were sent in the hours and days following the alleged rape and never mention the incident.

Dunlap said defense lawyers "cherry picked" portions of the messages "to support their false premises." He provided the judge with excerpts that appear to reference her version of the events.

"I have an experience that I will take with me to the grave," she wrote in one message before later adding, "and that secret I kept to myself surfaced like you wouldn't believe."

Two weeks ago, the judge refused Roethlisberger's request to dismiss the lawsuit. No hearings or trial date have been set.

Ha ha...Dunlap is a moron!

proudpittsburgher
10-09-2009, 09:25 AM
"I have an experience that I will take with me to the grave," she wrote in one message before later adding, "and that secret I kept to myself surfaced like you wouldn't believe."

Well, it's hard to keep a secret to yourself, when you have multiple personalities. :wft Seriously? OK, she kept a secret to herself, and it got leaked . . .

BY WHO???