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Atlanta Dan
01-20-2012, 07:15 PM
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.

Calvin R.X. Dunlap, the Reno lawyer representing the woman, confirmed the settlement today but declined to discuss the terms of the agreement.

"The matter has been resolved and I have no further comment," he told The Associated Press.

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 Mr. Roethlisberger's penthouse suite in July 2008. The woman was in her early 30s at the time of the alleged incident.

Mr. Dunlap first told Washoe District Court Judge Brent Adams in papers filed last Nov. 30 that 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," he wrote.

Judge Adams formally dismissed the case Dec. 27 but neither side had publicized it until now.

David Cornwell, Mr. Roethlisberger's lawyer, and Ryan Tollner, his agent, did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment tonight.

The Nevada Supreme Court had ruled against the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback's request in August to have the case moved from Reno to Carson City because it was closer to where the alleged incident had occurred at Harrah's in Stateline.

The woman was a VIP casino hostess at Harrah's when she said Mr. Roethlisberger allegedly lured her to his room under the pretense of fixing his television. Mr. Roethlisberger was in town at the time to play in a celebrity golf tournament.

Mr. Roethlisberger has denied the allegations.

The original lawsuit filed in 2009 sought a minimum of $440,000 in damages from the quarterback, at least $50,000 in damages from the Harrah's officials and an unspecified amount in punitive damages.

The woman said she never filed a criminal complaint because she feared Harrah's would side with Mr. Roethlisberger and she would be fired.

A month after the suit was filed, Mr. Dunlap offered to drop the lawsuit if Mr. Roethlisberger admitted assaulting the plaintiff, wrote a letter of apology, and made a $100,000 donation to a Reno group that aids abused women.

Mr. Cornwell, Mr. Roethlisberger attorney, rejected the offer, calling it "bizarre" and "a destructive farce."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12020/1204957-100.stm

Wonder if she got >$100K?

If this case was settled in November it probably explains why Ben skipped practice one day last fall to get on a conference call

Glad this chapter of his life may finally be closing

TRH
01-20-2012, 08:10 PM
a cash grabber and an ambulance-chasing attorney. This low-life piece of trash woman was even called out by fellow employees as a habitual liar and "psycho". Glad its over.

OX1947
01-20-2012, 08:22 PM
I would NEVER settle on anything if it were me. Drag me to court, drag me wherever you want, NEVER, not one ****ing dime.

Atlanta Dan
01-20-2012, 08:22 PM
a cash grabber and an ambulance-chasing attorney. This low-life piece of trash woman was even called out by fellow employees as a habitual liar and "psycho". Glad its over.

Since I assume these were public filings I am somewhat surprised we had no reports that this was settling until now - consider the possibility the Steelers encouraged local media to stand down :noidea:

#7 could have won the Nevada case until Milledgeville

Just glad it is done

Atlanta Dan
01-20-2012, 08:24 PM
I would NEVER settle on anything if it were me. Drag me to court, drag me wherever you want, NEVER, not one ****ing dime.

If you are making $10 million per year burying this case for $100 K makes perfect sense

OX1947
01-20-2012, 08:29 PM
If you are making $10 million per year burying this case for $100 K makes perfect sense

Its the principal, money has nothing to do with it.

Atlanta Dan
01-20-2012, 08:32 PM
Its the principal, money has nothing to do with it.

Ben is married now - who knows what kind of crap may happened previously that might come out at trial - consider that the Rooneys and Goodell may have "encouraged" Ben to get rid of this

OX1947
01-20-2012, 09:25 PM
Ben is married now - who knows what kind of crap may happened previously that might come out at trial - consider that the Rooneys and Goodell may have "encouraged" Ben to get rid of this

I dont care if God came down and told me to settle it. Im not giving a dime to some ***** accusing me of shit I didnt do. To me, it looks guilty. He wasnt even charged, the hell are they settling anyway.

JPPT1974
01-20-2012, 09:28 PM
Well at least it is now over. So that Big Ben can move on with his life. Now that he is a married man. He can move on.

Boomer
01-20-2012, 09:47 PM
Maybe Ben settled with her for $1 and the agreement that he wouldn't counter sue her for slander once she lost in court. I know of a case where that has happened.

OX1947
01-20-2012, 10:54 PM
Maybe Ben settled with her for $1 and the agreement that he wouldn't counter sue her for slander once she lost in court. I know of a case where that has happened.

I'LL BUY THAT FOR A DOLLAR!