The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is accused of forcing Andrea McNulty to have sex with him in his room at Harrahs in Lake Tahoe, Nevada back in July 2008.
The civil charges she is levelling at him include one count of assault, sexual assault and battery, false imprisonment, fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Roethlisberger’s attorney David Cromwell immediately dismissed the allegations, suggesting McNulty only came forward with her complaint now because his client won the Super Bowl back in February (09).
Now the footballer has issued a new statement to the media to reassert his innocence, insisting justice “will prevail”.
Speaking on Thursday (23Jul09), Roethlisberger says, “I did not sexually assault Andrea McNulty.
“Saturday was the first that I learned of her accusations. Her false and vicious allegations are an attack on my family and on me. I would never, ever force myself on a woman. I want to fight to protect my family and my reputation. I’m not going to discuss my private life or this civil case in the media. I’ll respond to her outrageous allegations in the appropriate forum..
“The allegations against me are reckless and false. As much as I would like to answer everyone’s questions, I am going to respect the legal process and I am confident that the truth will prevail.”.