Big Ben Accused Of Rape: For The Love Of Money?

Jabber HeadSenior Analyst IOctober 17, 2009

For The Love Of Money?

Andrea McNulty has filed against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for rape. She claims Ben forced her to have non-consensual sex with Ben. They were seen together multiple times when Ben was in Reno when he stayed at Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe. Ben admits he was seeing her at that time. Soon it was discovered that she was seeing a married man at the same time of having the affair with Ben. She was also taking counseling classes for her husband who died in the relationship.

According to the man who was a co-worker of Andrea, he continued to try and find more about McNulty. She made-up a screen name and posed as an American soldier. She soon “fell in love” with the soldier. McNulty soon told her co-workers the soldier was killed in Iraq. Andrea McNulty then began seeing a psychiatrist — about the fictitious soldier.

This does not absolve Ben of any wrongdoing, but if the co-worker’s story can be verified, it could certainly put the plaintiff in a troublesome position. Although treating for the loss of a nonexistent person is much the same as treating for the loss of an existing person, especially if the client was psychologically and emotionally invested in the person and truly believed in their existence. The potential juror might not see it in the same light. The question will arise regarding Andrea McNulty’s ability to emotionally invest in someone that is nonexistent.

As Ben’s lawyers arrange to have the rape case dismissed, the world is talking about this story nationwide.

Law enforcement officials in Nevada have no intention of opening a criminal investigation into allegations; Ben Roethlisberger raped a woman at a Lake Tahoe hotel. Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Teresa Duffy said the accuser would have to file a criminal complaint to trigger an investigation into the incident.

The 31-year-old Nevada woman has filed a lawsuit saying the Super Bowl winning quarterback raped her in a hotel penthouse across the street from the golf course. A claim his lawyer denies.

The 31-year-old, a native of Canada who had worked at the hotel casino since 2003 never went to outside authorities with her story. It’s very suspicious why she filed a case a year later for hundreds of thousands of dollars a year after the alleged incident. The lawsuit said she was treated between last August and December at five different hospitals for depression and anxiety stemming from the alleged assault, and returned to work each time after treatment.

Roethlisberger lawyer David Cornwell said in a statement earlier this week that the quarterback has “never sexually assaulted anyone.” He said timing of the lawsuit and absence of a criminal complaint proves his incident.

September 16th, 2009

Ben’s lawyer says that the woman filing complaint against Ben for rape is “disturbed and calculating” and fabricated the assault to extort a big payoff from the Steelers quarterback.

The allegations in court Friday at Washoe District Court in Reno mark the two-time Super Bowl first formal legal response to the woman’s civil lawsuit seeking a minimum of 400,000 in damages. Roethlisberger’s lawyers said in an Aug. 19 letter to Dunlap with the heading “confidential settlement communication” that the “conspiracy to extort and defame” the NFL star has seriously harmed his potential earnings in excess of $20 million.

Settlement alternatives outlined in the offer included one scenario where Roethlisberger would release both the woman — a former Harrah’s VIP host — and Dunlap from any legal liability if the woman dropped her lawsuit and wrote a letter of apology to Roethlisberger.

Another said Roethlisberger would pay for a psychiatric evaluation of the woman but offered no other financial payment.

The woman reported the incident to Harrah’s security. But she said she never filed a criminal complaint because she feared Harrah’s would side with Roethlisberger and she would be fired. She also accused Harrah’s officials of orchestrating a cover-up.

The suit is a minimum of $440,000 in damages from Roethlisberger, at least $50,000 in damages from the eight Harrah’s officials named as defendants and an unspecified amount of punitive damages.

The woman claims she has been in and out of mental hospitals after the alleged innocent.

On September 30th, 2009 a Nevada judge denied motions of lawyers of Ben Roethlisberger to dismiss a civil lawsuit alleging he raped a casino worker, according to court documents released Wednesday.

Roethlisberger’s lawyer David Cornwell said that despite the outcome. His team was encouraged by the judge’s reasoning.

Andrea says she may be pregnant from the encounter between Big Ben and Andrea.

Andrea’s close friend she works with at the casino (anonymous) says she had explained to her how good she felt to have sexual intercourse with Ben Roethlisberger. She had also explained how she was always happy coming to and from work.

Through Andrea’s experience in court, she says she felt bullied to tell officials about her case.


Shawna is a Jabberhead & an SJ Contributing Author.

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