TMZ.com reports Friday that the owner of the Georgia club where Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault, Rocky Duncan, “repeatedly” claimed to the website that he had surveillance video of the quarterback and accuser together during the night in question.
Duncan told TMZ the video clearly showed Ben and his 20-year-old accuser hanging out before the alleged incident — and cops speaking with Ben afterward.
But the attorney for Duncan, Carl Cansino told the PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW that the security video has been erased and is irretrievable.
“The DVD system overwrote itself,” Cansino said. “Had it just been deleted, they might have been able to save some of it.”
More bad news for the accuser from the Tribune-Review:
Cansino shared with investigators copies of the driver’s license Capital City’s bouncers seized from Roethlisberger’s accuser weeks before she was seen with him. The date on the license was scratched and reworked to indicate she was born in June 1987 — two years before her actual birth.
The woman’s Atlanta attorney, Lee Parks, did not return messages seeking comment.
“She presented the ID, but the security saw that it clearly was a fake birth date,” said Cansino, a former county prosecutor. “Because she never got the chance to drink, security confiscated it and didn’t turn her over for other charges.”
According to Cansino, authorities told him the woman’s blood alcohol level was above 0.20 percent — more than 10 times the legal limit for drivers younger than 21 in Georgia and more than twice the limit for older motorists.
With that information, now public thanks to Cansino, it’s no surprise that the accuser did not show up for a recently scheduled interview with police.
Sources close to the investigation say that investigators have had trouble re-interviewing the woman since the night of the incident.
Sources say the 20-year-old co-ed did not show up for a scheduled interview a week ago yesterday and that as of Friday she still had not come in to be questioned.
So according to Cansino, authorities have obtained information that clearly discredits the alleged victim, which may explain authorities recently dropping a request for Roethlisberger’s DNA.
Add in the fact that the club security video showing the two together is now gone, and it appears that the chances of Roethlisberger being formally charged with a crime has diminished considerably.