Big Ben Accuser: Back To School And Sorority Life

WTAE-TV reports late this week that Ben Roethlisberger’s sexual assault accuser recently attended a “sorority retreat” in the North Georgia mountains and plans to go back to school soon.

Big Ben Bar Photos With 3 Girls In Milledgeville Georgia

His accuser may return to Georgia College & State University as early as this week, according to the woman’s lawyer. She took a leave of absence and went home to her parents in Atlanta after media descended on the tiny college town where she claims to have been assaulted.

The 20-year-old woman made a surprise appearance over the weekend at a sorority retreat in the mountains of northern Georgia. Her sisters said she was acting very normal and just wanted to get away for the weekend and didn’t want to talk about the allegations.

With the way things are going for Roethlisberger in this case, those seemingly mundane details might end up part of a case the quarterback’s attorney is building against the accuser if the QB is eventually charged with a crime.

I say that because based on the information made available to the public, along with the actions of Roethlisberger attorney Ed Garland, it appears the quarterback’s counsel views the background of the accuser as perhaps the most critical component of a possible court proceeding. Otherwise Garland wouldn’t have hurriedly hired high-profile private investigator Charles Middlestadt to presumably dig into the accuser’s personal life.

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Photos: Ben Roethlisberger On Night Of Allegation

Here’s some photos of Ben Roethlisberger at the Milledgeville, Ga., bar ‘The Brick’ on the night he was accused of sexual assault.

Ben Roethlisberger photos in Milledgeville Bar The Brick

WGCL-TV in Atlanta has comments from a man who observed Roethlisberger Thursday night at two Milledgeville bars, including the ‘Capitol City’ establishment where the alleged assault took place.

Hayden Lewis saw Roethlisberger at the Velvet Elvis bar and Capitol City. He said girls continually went up to Roethlisberger. He said, “He just put his arms around them to take pictures and stuff like that, and that’s as far as it went.”

Ben Roethlisberger photos in Milledgeville Bar The Brick

Lewis said one of the people with Roethlisberger was fellow Steelers teammate Willie Colon, and the other two looked liked bodyguards. Read more…

GA Police: Ben Roethlisberger Arrest Not Imminent

(UPDATE: 5:19p ET): Gregg Rosenthal of ProFootballTalk.com reports:

Roethlisberger’s representatives have denied the allegations involved in TMZ’s report after being contacted by PFT Friday.

They did not comment as to whether Roethlisberger was in fact accused of sexual assault, just that the allegations were untrue and the events in question did not happen.

(UPDATE: 5:01p ET): Chris McKearney of the BALDWIN (GA) BULLETIN reports:

Ben Roethlisberger and Willie Colon at his 2009 birthday party in Vegas

(Roethlisberger was joined at Milledgeville club by teammate Willie Colon)

Detectives with the Milledgeville Police Department in Milledgeville, Ga., will not interview Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger until Monday at the very earliest, according to an MPD spokesperson.

No arrests are immediately pending following an alleged sexual assault involving Roethlisberger and a woman early Friday morning at a Milledgeville nightclub.

The incident reportedly took place in a back hallway of Capitol City nightclub, a popular college hotspot that’s located two blocks away from Georgia College & State University.

Roethlisberger was briefly interviewed by MPD officers shortly after the incident.

Roethlisberger owns a home on nearby Lake Oconee, which is located roughly 30 minutes north of downtown Milledgeville.

What was to be a celebratory trip to Georgia turned ugly for Ben Roethlisberger today, as TMZ.com reports he’s been accused of sexual assault at a nightclub called Capital City in Milledgeville, Georgia.

TMZ:

According to law enforcement sources, the alleged victim — who has already been interviewed by police — was treated at a local hospital and released. We’re told in addition to the alleged victim, witnesses are being interviewed — and one law enforcement source says they will attempt to interview Roethlisberger.

The police report of the incident indicates the alleged sexual assault happened inside the Capital City ladies restroom. Read more…