NFL: Steelers QB accused of sexual assault in Georgia
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is being investigated in an allegation of sexual assault at a Georgia nightclub, police said Friday.
Officers said the alleged assault occurred early Friday morning at a nightclub in Milledgeville, about 85 miles southeast of Atlanta. The player owns a home nearby.
The two-time Super Bowl champion and some of his friends were seen visiting local restaurants and bars Thursday night.
“He’s been identified as being at the scene and there are allegations naming him as the perpetrator,” Deputy Chief Richard Malone said.
Malone said Roethlisberger had been with three other people who were mingling with another group that included the alleged victim. Malone said the woman and her party contacted a nearby police officer following the alleged assault.
Several areas of the bar were considered a crime scene, but Malone would not elaborate.
Roethlisberger and the alleged victim have been interviewed and the woman was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released, Malone said.
Separately, Roethlisberger has been sued by a woman who claims he raped her in 2008 at a Lake Tahoe hotel. The Steelers star denies those allegations and has asked for counter-damages.
“Last night, Ben and his friends met a group of women and everyone mingled together throughout the evening,” the player’s agent, Ryan Tollner, said in the statement.
“We have spoken to law enforcement. Based on information currently available, an allegation was made against Ben, which appeared to be dismissed after a preliminary investigation last night. Obviously, given the prior accusation against Ben, we are skeptical of motive, but we will continue to cooperate with everyone involved.”
Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett released a statement from the team. “We are gathering information and that is the only comment we have at this time,” it said.