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July 21, 2009 12:00 PM

Ben Roethlisberger Accused of Sexual Assault

Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been accused of sexual assault in July of 2008 by a woman in Nevada. The civil lawsuit, filed on Friday afternoon by Andrea McNulty, claims "that Roethlisberger asked her to come to his hotel room to fix the television, and that he thereafter forced her to have sex with him."

According to ProFootballTalk.com, he faces "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."

Roethlisberger, more specifically, his lawyer, immediately denied the charges.

"Ben has never sexually assaulted anyone ... 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."
McNulty's allegations can be read here, in all their full, disturbing details.

And yes, for some reason, ESPN has yet to include the story anywhere on their site, some 15 hours after the news broke originally.

Roethlisberger accused of sex assault in lawsuit - AP
Roethlisberger denies civil allegations of sexual assault - PFT
Complaint gets very specific regarding interaction between McNulty, Roethlisberger - PFT

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