October 1, 2009

No dismissals in Roethlisberger case

A Nevada judge rejected defense requests for dismissals of the sexual assault lawsuit against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Thursday the four dismissal motions filed by the NFL player's defense team were rejected this week by Second Judicial District Court Judge Brent Adams in Reno, Nev.

Roethlisberger is accused of sexually assaulting a 31-year-old Harrah's Lake Tahoe employee in July 2008.

The 27-year-old quarterback, who led the Steelers to a Super Bowl XLIII win in February, has denied the allegations of the unidentified female employee.

Attorney William David Cornwell Sr., head of Roethlisberger's legal team, said in a statement the judge's rulings indicated the civil suit is likely headed to trial.

Finding that plaintiff survived this round because of a generous 'beyond (a) doubt' standard indicates that, at these early stages, the court is inclined to give plaintiff her day in court, Cornwell said. Of course, this cuts both ways.

In any event, her allegations remain false and we remain committed to a vigorous defense.