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New details emerge in Roethlisberger's case

June 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
New details have emerged from the sexual assault investigation involving NFL Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Investigators released audio videotaped interviews of the woman who claims he assaulted her. The prosecutor in this case says there's not enough evidence to charge the star quarterback and the accuser later decided not to press charges. But in the police interviews that were released on Wednesday, the alleged victim maintains that she was raped by Roethlisberger.

The alleged victim met Ben Roethlisberger on March 5th. She was with a group of friends at a bar in a small college town outside of Atlanta, Georgia when they spotted the NFL star.

"Oh my gosh, that's Ben Roethlisberger," said the accuser in a police interview conducted one day after the alleged rape. "We took pictures with him. He seemed really nice, at first."

The 20-year-old college student said she was then pulled into a back room of the bar by one of the quarterback's bodyguards.

"He had me sit at this stool and then three seconds later, Ben comes back there and I was like, 'No, this is not right, I don't want to do this,'" said the accuser.

She acknowledged to police that she was intoxicated the night of the alleged rape. She also said that she did not try to fight off Roethlisberger because he appeared to anger easily.

"I got up and went to the first door that I saw, which happened to be a bathroom, and he followed me in and shut the door and that's when he proceeded to have sex with me and the whole time I said, 'No, we really don't need to do this, this isn't OK, we shouldn't be doing this,' then he just got up and left," said the accuser.

One of the new videos that were released shows Roethlisberger smiling, giving people high-fives and pumping his fist at the club where the woman said she was assaulted.

In Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Roethlisberger took part in a Steelers practice session but did not talk with the media. He was escorted off the field by a team spokesman.

The NFL is still reviewing the incident and the Steelers say that the team and the league probably won't settle on a punishment until after next week's draft. Roethlisberger has told the team that he is willing to accept the consequences for his behavior.

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