More supposed details are emerging in the Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault case in Nevada, and it’s not looking good for Andrea McNulty, the woman who claims that the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback raped her in a Stateline hotel room in 2008 and is suing him in civil court. Of course we may never know the whole truth, but one thing is becoming abundantly clear: If McNulty is going to win this, she’s going to have to do it on her own.
In affidavits submitted to Washoe County Court in Reno by Roethlisberger’s attorneys, three Harrah’s Resort Casino co-workers whom have been named as defendants in the lawsuit have testified that they believe the sex between Roethlisberger and McNulty was consensual. Also, McNulty’s Facebook and e-mail accounts have been subpoenaed. As Adam wrote earlier, those emails are not going to help her case.
From the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE:
The co-workers, two of whom have been named as defendants in the lawsuit, also said they did not report the encounter to superiors at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, where the woman worked, because the hotel would have fired her for violating a policy forbidding employees to visit guests in their rooms.
The affidavits are among a number of exhibits submitted to Washoe County Court in Reno, Nev., by Roethlisberger’s attorneys. Also included are subpoenas for records from the woman’s Facebook and e-mail accounts and records from at least five health and medical centers where she has been treated in the past year.
Another co-worker testified that McNulty flirted with Roethlisberger.
William T. Santos, of Newport Beach, Calif., a former friend and co-worker of the plaintiff, testified he was Roethlisberger’s butler at Harrah’s during the golf event. He said he one day saw her engaged in “a flirtatious conversation” with Roethlisberger.
“[She] indicated to me that Mr. Roethlisberger had asked her to visit his hotel room. [She] said she would like to go to his hotel room.
“But then she said, ‘I would get in trouble if I went to his room, right?’ I responded that of course she would get in trouble with Harrah’s. An employee who visits a guest’s room at Harrah’s for a non-work-related reason (including for sex or to have a drink), even if the employee is invited, is subject to termination for violating company practice prohibiting such conduct.”
Yeah, the evidence is mounting against McNulty — including allegations that she even bragged about the sex. But I must stress that we don’t know exactly what happened in that hotel room on the day in question, and probably never will. Having lived in the community where Harrah’s is located, I can tell you that the gambling industry — of which Harrah’s is top dog — runs everything there. They whistle the tune and control the message. To win this case, McNulty has a giant mountain to climb.