Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I'll stop suing you if you agree to ruin your life


This is one of the evils of being a big-time sports star:
A former Nevada casino worker who has accused Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting would drop her civil lawsuit if he acknowledged the rape and apologized, her attorney said.

Reno-based attorney Cal Dunlap wrote in a letter to Roethlisberger's lawyers that his client, Andrea McNulty, would also like the quarterback to donate $100,000 to the Committee to Aid Abused Women, a Reno nonprofit organization that offers support to domestic violence victims.

Roethlisberger's lawyer, David Cornwell, said Tuesday they wouldn't accept her offer.

Dunlap said the proposal is designed to counter claims made by Roethlisberger's lawyers that McNulty only filed the lawsuit to get money from the Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

Her only interest "has been and is to regain the dignity that was taken from her," Dunlap said in a motion that asking the letter be added to the court record.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported on Dunlap's letter on its Web site Tuesday. Dunlap didn't return telephone and e-mail messages left by The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

McNulty, a VIP casino hostess, filed the civil suit against Roethlisberger in July, claiming he raped her in 2008 in a hotel penthouse across the street from a golf course where he was playing in a celebrity tournament.

Roethlisberger should have his attorneys crush this attack on his character and continue on with his season, which starts in mere hours. That this comes out on the even of the opener with Tennessee on Thursday night is an outrage--what craven filth to do this to that young man.

No one should make a sports star into a saint, but no young man or woman should have to take this kind of an assault on their character. Shame on the sports media establishment for not smacking this down better. This woman and her attorney have no credibility.

UPDATE: Big Ben tells them to go pound sand:
In response to the hollow settlement offer from the woman accusing Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault, Roethlisberger hasn't simply said "no thanks."

Keeping with the trend of pounding away mercilessly at the claims, lawyer David Cornwell has issued a statement that rejects the offer in aggressive and colorful terms.

Here it is:

"Ms. McNulty's contemporaneous statements and conduct prove her allegations are false. Against this backdrop, her proposal is bizarre and it insults women who have legitimately suffered from sexual misconduct. We will not participate in a destructive farce.

"We offered Ms. McNulty a graceful exit. Apparently, Mr. Dunlap convinced her that
they can dig themselves out of this rancid hole. The 'settlement' offer is rejected. We will continue to press our defenses and claims and pursue our application for sanctions."

The reference to a "graceful exit" implies that, at some point, a modest cash payment was offered in exchange for a dismissal of the claims. By all appearances, any offers from the Roethlisberger camp are off the table, and the case will now proceed.

You have to crush people who go after you like this, and deter others from seeking a payday. The only insult against women occurs when a woman falsely accuses a man of rape in order to extort money.

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