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Ugly Details from the Ben Roethlisberger Sexual Assault Police Report

So Ben Roethlisberger escaped criminal charges for the alleged sexual assault incident in Milledgeville, Ga., on Monday but he’s not escaped public criticism now that more information on the case has been released.

We knew the police investigation was screwy from the start when policeman Jerry Blash asked to take a picture with Roethlisberger. Unsurprisingly, Blash is no longer with the police department. Reading through the Ben Roethlisberger police report of the incident posted by The Smoking Gun makes Roethlisberger really look like a criminal. It also reinforces the notion that the NFL will suspend Big Ben this season. Here are some of the ugly details:

The alleged victim is referred to as “the woman” in the following quotes from The Smoking Gun which did tons of legwork:

Witness Elizabeth Brooks told investigators of partying with Roethlisberger at Capital City, where he purchased a round of shots for women in the VIP room and announced, “All my bitches, take some shots.”

[Witness Ann Marie] Lubatti said the woman told her that Roethlisberger “walked back to where she was with his penis already out of his pants. She told him that they shouldn’t be doing this and that it wasn’t right.” The woman told Lubatti that Roethlisberger had followed her into the bathroom and shut the door. “She continued to say she didn’t want to have sex, but he kept saying, “No, it’s OK.” Lubatti said that her friend told of 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.”

In one of two handwritten police statements, the woman recalled that she told Roethlisberger, “No, this is not OK, and he then had sex with me. He said it was OK. He then left without saying anything.” After the woman reconnected with friends, they left the club and “went to the first police car we saw,” according to one statement.

The alleged victim, in a second statement, told investigators that she met Roethlisberger at The Velvet Elvis, a Milledgeville bar where the athlete called her and her friends “a tease.” Later, at Capital City, the football star’s bodyguards “told my friends they couldn’t pass through to get to me,” she recalled. A Milledgeville Police Department incident report indicates that the woman, whose name was redacted from investigative reports, initially told a cop that she was “sexually assaulted or sexually manipulated” by Roethlisberger.

[Witness Nicole] Biancofiore also told police about seeing her friend disappear with Roethlisberger inside the club. She recalled telling the club’s owner that her friend was “too drunk to be back there” with Roethlisberger, adding that the man assured her that “Ben would not do anything to ruin his reputation.” Biancofiore said that when her friend resurfaced, the woman was crying and “she told us he raped her.”

Another sorority sister, Victoria Garofalo, recalled that the alleged victim was wearing a name tag with the initials “DTF.” The tag–which the woman had received at a birthday party earlier that evening–was the subject of an inside joke between the students. When Roethlisberger asked about the initials, “Garofalo explained that ‘DTF’ stood for ‘down to ****’ and that it referred to a joke between” the women.

“I’m not down to ****, but I like to **** girls,” Roethlisberger replied, according to a police report.

My goodness. Does it get uglier than that? This may be a he-said/she-said situation and that’s why the criminal case was not pursued by the DA, but there’s plenty of condemning evidence in those reports. Given the payout Roethlisberger likely made to the alleged victim, he would have been several times better off having just given that money to a prostitute. I also want to know why Roethlisberger isn’t being investigated for providing alcohol to minors. Isn’t there enough evidence to charge him of that?

Sources:
Ben Roethlisberger’s Bad Play [The Smoking Gun]
The Roethlisberger Documents: “His Penis Was Already Out Of His Pants” [Deadspin]



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  • SpinMax

    Gone for the season for raping a girl? Nah. he’s white. If his name was LaBren Roethlisberger it would be for the season. this is the nfl

  • SpinMax blows

    You can’t even spell Labron? How appropriate that Rapistberger has the devil on his shirt. He should get some time just for that.

  • Alan

    This guy is a total scum-bag rapist. It’s one thing to get accused once, but what is it, two, three times for this guy? Not everyone is lying and more likely, not every victim has come out and said something. They need to put him away.

  • Brad

    Look, I figure if Kobe can get away with it, only having to buy his wife a huge rock, this is not much worse. The Nfl has at least one murderer still playing in Little, and one suspected murderer in Ray Lewis so please do not play the race card here. Ben will probably get suspended a few games and be known for now on as a scumbag, which I cannot disagree with. He will also be known as one a the dumber athletes on the planet. To me it sounds like they had enough to at least take this case to a grand jury but I am guessing some folks got paid off, especially the girl.

  • Kevin/Indianapolis

    Something tells me that we haven’t heard the last of this incident. I can’t imagine it going away without further investigation.

  • SpinMax

    Thanks for listening. His name is Ben, hence LaBren. I guess I should have gone with Bentrell

  • Chris

    Lol at the guy playing the
    race card people like u are hillarious with your convient short term memories

  • Real burgh fan

    Whatever, you all have no clue. This will all blow over, go away in time, and Big Ben…thank God…will stay a Steeler and lead us to another Super Bowl in the future.

  • john

    Psh guess what he isn’t leaving he is a dominate force in the nfl no matter what happens n guess what the accusers are probally ravens or patriot fans that want him gone cuz day scurred of dat beast

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5BLBUKAGL7C25DRH4HZYORERUM Cardiff Giant

    apparently you can’t spell LeBron either

  • http://twitter.com/legoblob Blank

    Really, you don’t think he raped this girl? You seem like the kind of guy who would just get this stroy blown over, just for football….

  • Anonymous

    Black boys always paying the race card.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NIPOHODEBV7B326GQ4QORAS6PQ Connie Janeen

    People on threads like this ‘deciding’ whether or not Ben R. raped three girls or not has nothing to do with the reality of the situation. The reality of the situation, is that we’ll never know. What we do know, however, is that two (i’m pretty sure there are three, but because im not sure i’ll err on the side of caution) alleged sexual assault charges have been DROPPED.

    I don’t care how much money is thrown around, if you’re a woman and someone rapes you and you allow them to pay you off and mosey off into the sunset and continue about their business… you deserve what you got. Done.

  • Anonymous

    no one deserves to be raped. no one deserves to be attacked. one allegation is enough to put a question in anyone’s mind. but a trail of rape allegations speaks to a pattern. imagine being victimized and telling a police officer only for that same officer, that is paid to uphold the law and protect you, to ask the alleged attacker to pose in pictures with him. the girl knew the odds were against her. and although I wouldn’t drop charges, others are willing to cut and run with what seems like their best options. making him pay monetarily can be seen as punitive damage.

  • Anonymous

    I think its disgusting to say that taking a settlement means the victim deserves what they got. As a rape victim myself, I can say that a lot of survivors don’t press charges because a trial also drags them through the mud. You relive every moment, your personal life is torn apart and you seem like the one on trial. Back that up with the fact that rape is one of the most difficult crimes to prove, I do not think its your place to say any victim choosing to opt out of a trial is in the wrong.