We’re not here to personally attack Andrea McNulty, the woman who accused Ben Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her, or to otherwise encourage anything but the utmost of respect for women who have been sexually assaulted and have to make the decision to report the abuse. So often, it’s so hard to prove and such a lightning rod for trouble that many women decide it’s not worth it to pursue any course of justice.
But as the evidence mounts in McNulty’s lawsuit over the alleged sexual assault, it seems more and more clear that if she had been assaulted, it didn’t affect anything she did thereafter. As we mentioned last week, she had been bragging to friends about their encounter and wondering if she were pregnant - though in her defense, she said she was under pressure from her employer, Harrah’s Casino, to cover up any wrongdoing.
But Roethlisberger’s attorneys have just released chats and e-mails from McNulty’s computer, and it keeps getting worse and worse for Andrea.
According to the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, correspondence from that night doesn’t indicate that anything wrong had happened; quite the opposite, in fact:
[Attorney William David] Cornwell used the e-mails to point out what he said are contradictions between what Mr. Roethlisberger’s accuser claims in her lawsuit and what she said in the exchanges with “Ben Millikan.”
For example, he said, the accuser’s complaint indicates that the alleged assault “took place on July 11, 2008, at or after 10:40 p.m.” — after which, she said, she left the building, “and went to her truck, in the parking lot, and drove away, very distraught and crying.”
Yet in an e-mail to “Ben Millikan” at 12:41 a.m., about two hours later, Cornwell said, the plaintiff wrote: “aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh I finally got away.”
In another e-mail nine minutes later, she wrote: “hahah I was just reading this and noticed you said ‘tiored widdle bwue eyes …’ “
Mr. Cornwell also said, “Five months after she claims Mr. Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her, [the plaintiff] apparently tells Ben Millikan: ‘I would date Ben Roethlisberger,’” if her online boyfriend and she broke up.
Yikes. She goes into detail about the claim that she’d date Big Ben, saying that the two would either live or vacation in Wyoming - it’s unclear from her claims - but the notion that this is the same Roethlisberger who had earlier committed one of the most horrific crimes possible to her seems outlandish at best.
Again, we don’t and can’t know what went down in that hotel room as long as there are two people whose accounts vary so widely. But when it comes to the aftermath of that night, nothing about her behavior checks out with someone who’d been assaulted. Roethlisberger’s attorneys are acutely aware of this fact, of course, and they seem to have zero qualms with making sure the rest of the world knows this fact until the lawsuit goes away.