The Georgia Bureau of Investigation made public files related to its investigation of a sexual-assault allegation against Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on Thursday. Roethlisberger was not criminally charged in connection with the alleged assault on March 5.
In her second written statement to Milledgeville (Ga.) police on March 5, the accuser said she tried to leave after encountering Roethlisberger, whom she had hung out with at a Milledgeville, Ga., nightclub, in a hallway of the club. She told police Roethlisberger followed her into a bathroom and shut the door. The accuser told police that she told Roethlisberger, "No, this is not OK," and that "he then had sex with me." In the written statement, she said that after Roethlisberger left, she found her friends and that the group told police.
In her first statement to police, made soon after the alleged assault, the accuser had a slightly different account, alleging that she told Roethlisberger when he followed her into the bathroom, "I don't know if this is a good idea."
ESPN.com reported on Friday that the NFL could fine the Steelers as much as $200,000 because of the off-the-field problems of Roethlisberger and WR Santonio Holmes, whom Pittsburgh traded to the Jets on Sunday. Holmes will miss the first four games of the 2010 season after violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
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