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BlitzburghRockCity
01-20-2012, 09:49 PM
RENO, Nev. — Lawyers for Ben Roethlisberger and a woman who accused him of raping her at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino in 2008 have reached a settlement that ends her civil lawsuit against the Steelers quarterback.

Cal Dunlap, the Reno lawyer representing the woman, told The Associated Press on Friday "the matter has been resolved." He said he had no further comment.
The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported the settlement. It also dismisses claims against Harrah's employees whom the woman had accused of covering up the alleged sexual assault in Roethlisberger's penthouse suite.

Dunlap said in papers filed in Washoe District Court that his client wanted to have the case dismissed because all the parties had reached a resolution of all claims and counterclaims.

The Pittsburgh quarterback's lawyer has had no comment. (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_777720.html#ixzz1k3Mw3wQM)

LatrobePA
01-20-2012, 09:51 PM
Good I guess?

JensK
01-20-2012, 09:52 PM
Steelers fans will watch this as good, case dismissed.

Rest of NFL will claim that they reached a settlement because Ben was guilty. I don't care either way.

steelersbabex25
01-20-2012, 09:55 PM
Can't believe that **** was still going on until now. It's amazing that this woman probably got paid thousands of dollars to stop lying.

chisteeler
01-20-2012, 10:46 PM
One expensive piece of ***...and to boot, an ugly one. Well, live and learn.

Real Deal Steel
01-20-2012, 11:02 PM
One expensive piece of ***...and to boot, an ugly one. Well, live and learn.

True. One day, someone is going to sue these gold digging tramps and when they do, that's when this type of stuff will stop.

Women have used that upside down triangle as a weapon against men since the beginning of time.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-20-2012, 11:51 PM
Can't believe that **** was still going on until now. It's amazing that this woman probably got paid thousands of dollars to stop lying.

I'd bet that settlement ranges somewhere in the 6 figures at this point. I'm sure both he and his new wife Ashley are just glad to put it behind them. Ben's camp has been silent though so far, hopefully they just want it fade off into the sunset again.

LatrobePA
01-21-2012, 12:08 AM
She's one expensive TV repairwoman!

BlitzburghRockCity
01-21-2012, 02:51 AM
Lawyers have reached a settlement (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_777762.html#ixzz1k4ajviqP) to end a civil lawsuit filed against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger by a Nevada woman who accused him of raping her during a celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe.

Cal Dunlap, the Reno lawyer representing the woman, told The Associated Press on Friday that the case has been settled. It is not known if the woman received any money in the settlement.

The woman, a former VIP concierge at Harrah's Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino, claimed that Roethlisberger raped her in July 2008 while he was at Lake Tahoe playing in the tournament. She filed the lawsuit in Reno a year later, saying that the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback lured her to his room by saying that his television was not working.

Roethlisberger has denied assaulting the woman, who never filed a formal criminal complaint with police. The Tribune-Review does not identify those who say they are victims of sexual assault.

The Reno Gazette-Journal, which reported the settlement on its website yesterday, said the case was formally dismissed last month.
The newspaper said the settlement dismisses claims against Harrah's employees whom the woman accused of covering up the alleged assault in Roethlisberger's penthouse suite.

"The matter has been resolved, and I have no further comment," Dunlap told the AP.
Roethlisberger's agent, Ryan Tollner, declined to comment.
Neither a Steelers spokesman nor Roethlisberger's attorney, William David Cornwell Sr. of DNK Cornwell in Atlanta, could be reached for comment.
Dunlap filed court papers on Nov. 30 with Washoe District Court Judge Brent Adams saying his client wanted to have a stay lifted so the case could be dismissed because a settlement was pending.

"All parties have reached a resolution of all claims and counterclaims," Dunlap wrote.
Adams formally dismissed the case on Dec. 27.
The original lawsuit sought a minimum of $440,000 in damages from Roethlisberger, at least $50,000 in damages from Harrah's officials and an unspecified amount in punitive damages.

The woman's claims -- coupled with a 20-year-old college student's accusation that Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her in the restroom of a Milledgeville, Ga., nightclub in 2010 -- prompted National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend the quarterback for the first six games of the 2010 season.

Roethlisberger has worked since then to clean up his image, and Goodell was sufficiently satisfied to reduce the suspension to four games.

"I've spent a lot of time evaluating and looking at my life, on and off the field, and I think this is kind of the time to close the chapter of the last couple years of my life and move on," Roethlisberger told the Trib after the suspension was announced.
"Looking forward to the second chance, the second opportunity. Not just in football but in life, I think that's kind of what's more important."

Roethlisberger married Ashley Harlan in July, but only after talking to her brothers and getting permission from her father to ask her to marry him. Roethlisberger, who has a $102 million contract with the Steelers, and his bride asked wedding guests to make charitable contributions in lieu of gifts.

mos07
01-21-2012, 12:04 PM
Could this be the offseason with no drama?????

chisteeler
01-21-2012, 01:50 PM
Could this be the offseason with no drama?????

:crossfingers:

NYCsteelersfan
01-21-2012, 03:56 PM
True. One day, someone is going to sue these gold digging tramps and when they do, that's when this type of stuff will stop.

Women have used that upside down triangle as a weapon against men since the beginning of time.

Very rich men should learn to either audio record or video tape their casual sexual encounters. Regardless of either being admissible in court, they could let the accused know that the recording will be "leaked" to the public, and that would end any thoughts of a lawsuit.

chisteeler
01-22-2012, 12:40 PM
Very rich men should learn to either audio record or video tape their casual sexual encounters. Regardless of either being admissible in court, they could let the accused know that the recording will be "leaked" to the public, and that would end any thoughts of a lawsuit.

Sort of like making a personal porno to protect one's ***. :lol:

NYCsteelersfan
01-22-2012, 03:10 PM
Sort of like making a personal porno to protect one's ***. :lol:

Exactly right.

madtowndrunkard
01-23-2012, 02:28 AM
Reports are she is a Bronco's fan and was very happy with their settlement.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-24-2012, 11:05 PM
PFT reports (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/01/24/roethlisberger-case-settled-for-less-than-a-game-check/) that word emerged late Friday afternoon that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/1181/ben-roethlisberger) had settled the sexual assault lawsuit (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/01/20/big-ben-settles-lake-tahoe-lawsuit/) filed against him in July 2009 in Nevada. It’s the ideal time each week for otherwise significant developments to go largely unnoticed.


Given the events of the intervening weekend, including two epic conference title games and the passing of legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno, the Roethlisberger settlement quickly has been forgotten.


But we’ve got some news. Though no one is saying anything publicly about whether and to what extent money changed hands, a league source tells PFT that the alleged victim received “less than a game check.”


http://www.steeleraddicts.com/forum/../blog/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gifBased on Roethlisberger’s 2011 salary of $6 million, a game check costs $352,941.17. Based on his 2012 salary of $11.6 million, a game check amounts to $685,352.94.
In contrast, Roethlisberger lost $1.894 million via his four-game suspension in 2010 following the allegations of sexual assault in Georgia, which resulted in no prosecution.
Relative to Roethlisberger’s earnings, a settlement in the mid-six-figure range won’t hurt very much, and it could ultimately be even less than what it would have cost to fully litigate the case through trial, especially if Roethlisberger wanted a scorched-earth Cadillac defense.


While Roethlisberger surely admitted to no wrongdoing as part of the settlement, plenty of people will presume that he wouldn’t have paid money if he was innocent. The reality, however, is that the passage of time likely allowed him to view it dispassionately as a business proposition, and to make a smart decision independent of whether he believes he would have been vindicated after spending as much or more on legal fees, with the ever-present possibility that he’d lose at trial and pay a lot more.