MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- A young woman told Channel 4 Action News on Friday that she was one of about 20 who partied with Ben Roethlisberger at the Capital City nightclub last week on the night that a female college student told police she was sexually assaulted by the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.
"Everyone keeps talking about how nice he was. He was not nice," the woman said.
She told reporter Ari Hait that people who were with Roethlisberger invited her into the VIP area of the club in Milledgeville, Ga. She said the quarterback hit on her there and she found him to be arrogant, so she left.
"He bought a round of shots for girls and said, 'All you bitches, take my shots,' and I got pissed because that's very rude and disrespectful to call girls a bunch of bitches," she said.
The woman said that, before she left, she saw Roethlisberger with the woman who would eventually become his accuser. She didn't think anything of it until the next morning when she heard about the accusations.
Look for updates on this page and hear the woman's story tonight on WTAE Channel 4 Action News at 5 p.m.
Roethlisberger has not been charged with any crimes. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is continuing to investigate the 20-year-old woman's claims of what happened to her in the early-morning hours of March 5.
Hait reported that Roethlisberger has hired private investigator Charles Mittelstadt, who has worked on behalf of Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis and rapper T.I. in the past. Also working for Roethlisberger is attorney Ed Garland, who represented Lewis on a murder charge in 2000 that was eventually dropped.
Mittelstadt told Channel 4 Action News on Friday that his team is looking into every aspect of the woman's allegation, including her sobriety on the night in question.
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