Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlisberger on NFL photo day. Image via Pittsburgh Steelers.
It seems Ben Roethlisberger had a bad night.
The Super Bowl-winning VIP quarterback has been accused of sexual assault by a college student, and 572 pages of Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) records obtained by the Web site thesmokinggun.com reveal all the gritty details of Big Ben’s booze-filled night of questionable decisions. Her statement reads like the beginning of a particularly skeezy episode of “Law & Order: SVU.”
“He left and came back with his penis out of his pants. I told him it wasn’t OK, that no, we didn’t need to do this and I proceeded to get up and try to leave…He followed me into the bathroom and shut the door behind him.”
The victim’s name is being protected, but the documents indicate that she’s a 20-year-old college student who was bar-hopping in Milledgeville, a small college town south of Atlanta. A friend of the victim told investigators in a statement about partying with Roethlisberger at the Capital City club, where he purchased a round of shots for women in the VIP room and announced, “All my bitches, take some shots.”
Another witness, Ann Marie Lubatti, stated that the victim told her about having unprotected sex with Roethlisberger. After hearing her friend’s account, Lubatti and another woman, Nicole Biancofiore, “walked up to the first cop we saw and told them what happened.”
Read the full police document and The Smoking Gun’s article for more details, but the bigger question that this incident brings up is Big Ben’s potential punishment–this is the second time in a year that the quarterback has been accused of sexual assault. Roethlisberger denies the allegations, and police are waiting on test results before deciding whether or not to charge him.