The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released 56 DVDs worth of audio and video interviews from the closed investigation of Ben Roethlisberger’s alleged sexual misconduct at a Georgia bar last March.
Photos from the scene and surveillance tapes from the investigation were also released.
Included in those videos is the woman who accused Roethlisberger of sexual assault. TMZ.com has posted some of her interview online.
The PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW reports:
The interviews also include Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Ed Joyner, who was Roethlisberger’s bodyguard, and other members of his entourage.
Today’s release of recordings and documents is mandated under Georgia statute and follows the release of four volumes of paper files compiled by the joint Milledgeville Police Department and GBI investigation.
The PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE though noted today:
One interview conspicuously absent is that of Coraopolis police Officer Anthony J. Barravecchio, another friend of Mr. Roethlisberger who is alleged to have escorted the accuser to a back room at the nightclub to meet with the quarterback.
Officer Barravecchio refused to allow his interview to be recorded in any way. Coraopolis borough council is scrutinizing his conduct at Capital City.
Also absent is any interview with Mr. Roethlisberger. He spoke briefly with police as soon as the allegations came to light, but authorities were unable to secure a second meeting with him.
The Post-Gazette also noted of the videos:
There should be few, if any, surprises in the recordings. The essence of the information was previously available in reports compiled by the GBI and the Milledgeville Police Department that are also on the Post-Gazette’s website.
Unlike most states, Georgia’s “Sunshine Law” provides public access to investigative materials after a criminal case is resolved. Similar laws do not apply in Pennsylvania.