The lawsuit was filed in Washoe County, Nev., and accuses the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback of assaulting a woman in July 2008. Roethlisberger is named in the lawsuit along with nine co-defendants.
Roethlisberger's attorney, David Cornwell, acknowledged the suit to various media outlets, but released a statement denying the claim."Ben has never sexually assaulted anyone," Cornwell said in the statement.
The story was first reported by Pro Football Talk.com, which said that a female Harrah's casino employee had alleged the sexual assault against Roethlisberger. According to the Web site's report, the civil suit alleged that Roethlisberger asked the employee to come to his hotel room to fix the television, and that he later forced her to have sex with him.
Cornwell issued this statement on Roethlisberger's behalf late Monday night to various media outlets, including the
"Ben will not be baited into a public discussion about his personal life, but we will defend him vigorously. The limited value that Ms. McNulty derived from public disclosure of these viciously false allegations is the only value she will ever receive from Ben in this case," the statement said.
In an interview late Monday night with Pittsburgh television station WTAE-TV, Steelers spokesman