Steeler Stunner: Ben Roethlisberger Accused of Sexual Assault

Jonathan Cyprowski@@JCyprowskiCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15:  NFL player Ben Roethlisberger walks onstage to accept the award for Best Game, Steelers vs. Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII on behalf of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The superstar athlete goes to a resort, the hotel attendant comes to his room, and then the hotel attendant accuses him of sexual assault.

No I’m not talking about Kobe Bryant.

In a fashion eerily similar to what happened to the Lakers superstar in 2003, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was served with a civil suit over the weekend accusing him of sexual assault.

The civil suit filed by Harrah’s Resort employee Andrea McNulty accuses Roethlisberger of one civil count of assault, one civil count of sexual assault and battery, one civil count of false imprisonment, one civil count of false pretenses, one civil count of fraud, and one civil count of intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The situation in question supposedly occurred in July 2008, when Roethlisberger allegedly called McNulty to his hotel room in order to fix a television. McNulty now insists that Roethlisberger forced her to have sex with him while in the room.  

It is still unclear whether or not McNulty ever tried to file criminal charges against Roethlisberger after the night in question. However she did file the lawsuit while he was in Washoe County, Nevada this past weekend for the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament (benefiting Livestrong and the Lance Armstrong Foundation). 

David Cornwell, Roethlisberger’s attorney, refuted the lawsuit in a statement tonight. 

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"The timing of the lawsuit and the absence of a criminal complaint and a criminal investigation are the most compelling evidence of the absence of any criminal conduct. If an investigation is commenced, Ben will cooperate fully and Ben will be fully exonerated," Cornwell said.

Cornwell, who recently represented both Reggie Bush and Donte Stallworth in criminal cases, is a finalist to become the NFLPA’s Executive Director. Cornwell, who has never been accused of being passive when defending his clients, has already gone on the offensive. He left little doubt that McNulty is in for a fight should she decides to proceed with the lawsuit.

"Ben will not be baited into a public discussion about his personal life, but we will defend him vigorously. The limited value that Ms. McNulty derived from public disclosure of these viciously false allegations is the only value she will ever receive from Ben in this case," Cornwell said in his statement.

Should things proceed as foreseen a criminal probe would take place concerning the situation, and it has the potential to last long into the NFL season. Providing the defending Super Bowl Champs with the big distraction they were attempting to avoid as they defend their title.

How will the story unfold? No one is certain, but one can only hope that the truth is made known.