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01-20-2012, 07:10 PM
The civil lawsuit filed by a former Harrah’s Lake Tahoe casino host claiming Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger raped her while he was visiting Lake Tahoe for a celebrity golf tournament in 2008 has been resolved.

But neither side will say whether the Super Bowl star paid Andrea McNulty any money as a settlement.

McNulty filed the suit in Washoe District Court in 2009, claiming Roethlisberger lured her into his penthouse suite and forced her to have sex. The suit also named a list of Harrah’s employees, claiming they covered up the alleged sexual assault.

In August 2011, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled against Roethlisberger and the other defendants, who had filed motions to move the case out of Reno. The Supreme Court affirmed a judge’s ruling that the case should stay in Washoe District Court.

In December, all of the parties in the suit signed stipulations to dismiss the case.
McNulty’s lawyer, Cal Dunlap, refused to discuss the terms of the stipulation.
Roethlisberger’s lawyer, David Cornwell, and his agent, Ryan Tollner, did not respond to calls and emails requesting comment.

McNulty claimed that Roethlisberger asked her to come to his suite to fix his broken television, the suit said. Once in the room, McNulty said he forced her on the bed and raped her, the suit said.

McNulty said she later reported the alleged attack to a Harrah’s security chief, but was told that Harrah’s President John Koster was friends with Roethlisberger and said most girls would feel lucky to have sex with someone like Roethlisberger, according to the suit.

Lawyers for Roethlisberger and Harrah’s denied the claims. In numerous court filings in the months that followed, Cornwell presented emails and witness statements that painted McNulty as an emotionally unstable woman who later bragged about the alleged sexual encounter.

Cornwell claimed that McNulty had a history of using sex and lies to get what she wanted and said she was using the suit to extort money from a sports star.

The suit sought general and punitive damages, as well as $380,000 to cover medical expenses for care McNulty claimed she needed to deal with the emotional distress she suffered from the alleged rape.

Roethlisberger faced similar allegations in Georga from a 20-year-old college student in March 2010. The girl accused Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her after a night of drinking at a bar. Georga authorities investigated the allegations, but no charges were filed.

However, Roethlisberger was suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. After convincing the NFL commissioner that he had turned his life around, Roethlisberger was allowed back two games early.

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01-20-2012, 11:28 PM
Big Ben settles Lake Tahoe lawsuit

Posted by Mike Florio on January 20, 2012

In July 2009, not long after PFT joined forces with NBC, Rosenthal caught wind from a tipster of a possible lawsuit filed against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Nevada.

One thing led to another, and before long we had a copy of the civil complaint accusing Roethlisberger of raping a casino host at Harrah’s resort in Lake Tahoe. Roethlisberger allegedly lured the woman to his hotel room by claiming that his television needed to be fixed.

More than 30 months later, the case has been settled.

First reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal, neither side is talking about the settlement. Per the Associated Press, the plaintiff’s lawyer, Cal Dunlap said “the matter has been resolved.”

That’s common practice for the resolution of civil lawsuits. The formal document settling the claims routinely contains a confidentiality agreement, pursuant to which the plaintiff and the plaintiff’s lawyer agree that they will restrict any public or private comments to a simple statement that “the matter has been resolved.”

And so speculation will occur regarding the amount, if any, that Roethlisberger paid to make the case go away. In many cases, the defendant will agree to pay to the plaintiff the estimated amount of the cost of defending the case through trial. The formal settlement papers then will include a recognition that the payment does not reflect an admission of guilt or liability of any kind.

Roethlisberger seemed to concede in prior court papers that sexual activity occurred, but he at all times denied the allegation that the conduct was non-consensual. In the early stages of the litigation, email messages surfaced suggesting that the alleged victim was smitten with Roethlisberger and planned to pursue him. The case disappeared from view due to a procedural fight regarding whether it had been filed in the right Nevada county, and the matter later was eclipsed by sexual assault allegations made against Roethlisberger by a college student in Milledgeville, Georgia. Though Roethlisberger never was charged with any crime, the league suspended him for the first six games of the 2010 season. The suspension later was reduced to four games.

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01-21-2012, 02:35 PM
I figured it would end up something like, Bens attorney would tell him the price tag of defending the case so just offer her that amount to make her go away.
I still think Ben is innocent of this particular charge and possibly innocent of the other.
In any event, what ever happened with the settlement will eventually leak out.

Glad all the stuff is behind him and the Steelers organization.

01-22-2012, 11:55 PM
I like this.

01-24-2012, 04:39 PM
Roethlisberger case settled for “less than a game check”

Posted by Mike Florio on January 24, 2012


Word emerged late Friday afternoon that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had settled the sexual assault lawsuit filed against him in July 2009 in Nevada. It’s the ideal time each week for otherwise significant developments to go largely unnoticed.

Given the events of the intervening weekend, including two epic conference title games and the passing of legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno, the Roethlisberger settlement quickly has been forgotten.

But we’ve got some news. Though no one is saying anything publicly about whether and to what extent money changed hands, a league source tells PFT that the alleged victim received “less than a game check.”

Based on Roethlisberger’s 2011 salary of $6 million, a game check costs $352,941.17. Based on his 2012 salary of $11.6 million, a game check amounts to $685,352.94.

In contrast, Roethlisberger lost $1.894 million via his four-game suspension in 2010 following the allegations of sexual assault in Georgia, which resulted in no prosecution.

Relative to Roethlisberger’s earnings, a settlement in the mid-six-figure range won’t hurt very much, and it could ultimately be even less than what it would have cost to fully litigate the case through trial, especially if Roethlisberger wanted a scorched-earth Cadillac defense.

While Roethlisberger surely admitted to no wrongdoing as part of the settlement, plenty of people will presume that he wouldn’t have paid money if he was innocent. The reality, however, is that the passage of time likely allowed him to view it dispassionately as a business proposition, and to make a smart decision independent of whether he believes he would have been vindicated after spending as much or more on legal fees, with the ever-present possibility that he’d lose at trial and pay a lot more.

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01-24-2012, 04:52 PM
I said this in another thread where the issue had popped up -- a settlement in the low-mid six figures may sound significant, but in reality, there is a good chance that it is much lower than the cost of defense. Considering that, as well as the fact that this gets Ben out of the headlines and allows him to resolve this nonsense, the settlement makes a lot of sense for Ben from a practical standpoint.

01-24-2012, 06:27 PM
wasnt the lawsuit in the 300K range

01-24-2012, 10:01 PM
wasnt the lawsuit in the 300K range

I believe that she was seeking something in the $300k range for medical expenses.

01-24-2012, 10:03 PM
Has anyone heard that there was another sexual assualt by Ben prior to these last two charges ?