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Captcoolhand
03-12-2010, 08:44 AM
Capital City, the nightclub that was the site of a sexual assault allegedly carried out by Ben Roethlisberger, has hired a lawyer to handle requests and prepare for the possibility of being sued over the incident.

So far the club's manager, Rocky Duncan, has been formally interviewed by authorities in Milledgeville, Ga., and Carl Cansino, a criminal defense lawyer there, said the club will cooperate with requests by police to speak with other employees.

"He was managing the bar. He accommodated the parties by making the VIP room available, and he did not witness any of the offenses that have been alleged," Mr. Cansino said Thursday.

Police are investigating allegations that the Steelers quarterback sexually assaulted a 20-year-old woman at the night club, near the college campus, last Friday. Police have not filed any charges.

Investigators have obtained video from the club, but none of the cameras was trained on the VIP room where Mr. Roethlisberger was socializing with friends, Mr. Cansino said.

Cameras were instead trained on the front entrance and the main bar area.

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is assisting Milledgeville police, were supposed to photograph the interior of the club Thursday in order to make a sketch of the premises, Mr. Cansino said.

Tom Davis, special agent in charge of the bureau's Milledgeville office, has not returned requests for comment.

Milledgeville police Deputy Chief Richard Malone, who conducted the first news conference on the situation last week, deferred to his boss, Chief Woodrow W. Blue Jr., who was not available.

A focus of the investigation has been a rest room near the VIP lounge where evidence has been collected. The rest room is for use by VIP patrons and musicians playing live gigs. Mr. Cansino described the space as a small, plain unisex bathroom.

"It's just a toilet," Mr. Cansino said. "It's not fancy."

Mr. Roethlisberger, who turned 28 on March 2, spent the night of March 4 visiting several bars, restaurants and clubs in downtown Milledgeville.

He was accompanied by Steelers tackle Willie Colon, off-duty Coraopolis police Officer Anthony J. Barravecchio, off-duty Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Ed Joyner and several other men who have not been identified.

Before the group got to Capital City, a Milledgeville police officer was already in contact with the club to let management there know that Mr. Roethlisberger was on his way, Mr. Cansino said. He did not know the name of the officer or how the officer came into contact with the quarterback.

Mr. Cansino said Mr. Duncan, the club's manager, told the police officer that the club had a VIP room that would be available to Mr. Roethlisberger.

Police have said that the alleged victim approached a Milledgeville police officer between 2 and 2:30 a.m. last Friday, and members of her party identified Mr. Roethlisberger as her assailant.

Police came into Capital City around that time seeking the quarterback and his friends. Bar closing time in Georgia is 2 a.m., and the club staff were cleaning up.

"According to our employee at the time, all the patrons were leaving, that's when Milledgeville police made contact with our employee," Mr. Cansino said. "They pointed the direction to where they were, and the police made contact."

Mr. Cansino did not know how long the officer spent speaking with Mr. Roethlisberger and his party, but he said it was more than a brief chat.

Mr. Colon's agent, Joe Linta, said police did not interview his client that night and have not tried to reach him since then. Mr. Linta said Mr. Colon was on the club's dance floor and did not see police interact with Mr. Roethlisberger.

Officer Barravecchio's lawyer, Michael F. Santicola, said police did not speak to his client.

Coraopolis police Chief Alan DeRusso said he learned of the incident Sunday from television and did not speak about with Officer Barravecchio, a 10-year department veteran, until the next day.

"He wasn't involved with anything, and he didn't see anything," Chief DeRusso said. "He didn't get into anything. That's basically it. He just wanted me to be assured that he wasn't involved in anything."

The chief did not press Officer Barravecchio for more information or ask him to submit any paperwork, especially considering he was on vacation because of his longtime friendship with Mr. Roethlisberger.

State police spokeswoman Lt. Myra Taylor said she did not know if Trooper Joyner had submitted any documentation about the incident to his superiors.

Trooper Joyner, who works in the Washington barracks, applied in 2005 to be a driver and assistant to Mr. Roethlisberger. Mr. Santicola described the trooper, who is a friend of his, as a friend of the quarterback.

Lt. Taylor said she is not aware of any internal review of Trooper Joyner's ability to continue working for Mr. Roethlisberger.



Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10071/1042202-455.stm?cmpid=steelers.xml#ixzz0hxvxEei4Doesn't look like they are going to get much help from the cameras. :thinking:

Stlrs4Life
03-12-2010, 09:26 AM
Why would they get sued?

Zachintosh66
03-12-2010, 09:32 AM
b/c she fell at the nightclub

LatrobePA
03-12-2010, 09:34 AM
b/c she fell at the nightclub

hmmmm wtf really happened??

Captcoolhand
03-12-2010, 09:36 AM
No really sure. :dunno: But I was wondering the same thing. I'm sure there's loops holes if anyone decided to pursue it.

Sorta same with someone who leaves drunk and drives. they kill someone the establishment is still somewhat held responsible....(Ohio Laws)

TampaSteelGirl
03-12-2010, 09:48 AM
Maybe she lost her balance and fell...the truth needs to come out now!

75Steeler
03-12-2010, 11:31 AM
Maybe they would be sued beacuse they were serving her under age? Ben or someone in his party could have also been giving her drinks which would still open the club to a suit because she is not 21 and it was inside their club and not managed. Still too many unanswered questions. Too bad those cameras didn't show her leading Ben into the restroom by the hand!!

SteelCityKid5
03-12-2010, 02:20 PM
If she's 20, how was she let into the bar? Are you allowed to be in a bar if you arent 21? I dont think you are but Im not 100% sure.

franchise3
03-12-2010, 02:29 PM
If she's 20, how was she let into the bar? Are you allowed to be in a bar if you arent 21? I dont think you are but Im not 100% sure.

I read somewhere that you are in GA.

Prosdo
03-12-2010, 02:30 PM
If she's 20, how was she let into the bar? Are you allowed to be in a bar if you arent 21? I dont think you are but Im not 100% sure.

Well if the bar is also a restaurant it could be 18. Not sure how the bar is setup though.

coldrolled
03-12-2010, 02:35 PM
If she's 20, how was she let into the bar? Are you allowed to be in a bar if you arent 21? I dont think you are but Im not 100% sure.

they wear wrist bands... for 18-20

LatrobePA
03-12-2010, 03:22 PM
they wear wrist bands... for 18-20

And if they are lucky enough to meet Ben, they leave wearing a "pearl necklace"!!

drucifer
03-12-2010, 03:27 PM
And if they are lucky enough to meet Ben, they leave wearing a "pearl necklace"!!

Oh no you did'eh! :nono: :clap:

V_83
03-12-2010, 05:07 PM
He was with at least two off duty cops and still sexually assaulted someone? I'm not so sure.

nuclearchihuahuas
03-12-2010, 05:08 PM
What's a 20 year old doing in a bar?

LatrobePA
03-12-2010, 05:16 PM
What's a 20 year old doing in a bar?

Getting slammed by a 2 time SB winning QB! JOKE!!!

Thomas_43
03-12-2010, 06:51 PM
Haha, The bar got a lawyer because they are worried about getting sued for 1. Serving Minors, happens a ton in college towns. and 2. Serving an obviously drunk person, that just flat out happens everywhere.

Ben was with 1 Pennsylvania State Trooper, and another Pennsylvania Cop, They were off Duty, just at the bar as friends.

HUNT4SEVEN
03-15-2010, 03:38 PM
Obviously if Ben has to hire these HIGH powered attorneys and High power Detectives, Bens in DEEP sh*&, he did not have to go through this with the first accuser:yesnod:It's a report going around that the off duty cops/ Body guards block the entrance to the bathroom...either way Ben should know better:yesnod: he deserves the title @$$ hole of the year for this one...http://bleacherreport.com/tb/b3hpF...This cat thinks his SH^% doesn't stink:evilshake:

Woodson_DownUnder
03-15-2010, 11:24 PM
Obviously if Ben has to hire these HIGH powered attorneys and High power Detectives, Bens in DEEP sh*&, he did not have to go through this with the first accuser:yesnod:It's a report going around that the off duty cops/ Body guards block the entrance to the bathroom...either way Ben should know better:yesnod: he deserves the title @$$ hole of the year for this one...http://bleacherreport.com/tb/b3hpF...This cat thinks his SH^% doesn't stink:evilshake:

That's how I see it... if your needing to bring in the BIG WIGs... you're really stretching it for getting the best result possible = Guilty as HECK!! :evilshake:

The whole smokescreen of having off duty cops, ect.. means bugger all. He has admitted to 'Sexual assault' and getting to the 'definition of this sexual assault' is what needs to be determined. Perhaps Big Ben ought to take a leaf from ALICE COOPER's book... swear to stay away from the booze forever... before it totally ruins him.

Don't need to get drunk to have a good time. :duh: And hitting on a vunerable drunk 20 year old girl is just cheap n' nasty. NO CLASS BEN. :evilshake:

75Steeler
03-15-2010, 11:34 PM
I may be wrong about this but I haven't read any article yet that said that Ben was drunk. I'm sure he was drinking though. I'm not defending Ben by any stretch but I'm also not going to add more to this situation than there is. Ben hasn't been charged with a crime yet either. This thing can go either way for him at this point.