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Roethlisberger Publicly Denies Raping Harrah's Casino Employee

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When a person become a sports star and is in the public spotlight all the time, things can go from great to bad in a heartbeat. That is seemingly what has happened to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger was on top of the world when he threw the winning touchdown pass in the Super Bowl with less than a minute left in the game back in February. With the Steelers preparing to open camp, Roethlisberger is now experiencing the down side of being a star.

On Thursday, Roethlisberger strongly denied the allegations against him that he raped a Harrah's casino employee last summer. The woman has brought a civil suit against Roethlisberger, seeking $400,000.

No legal action has been taken in the incident, and authorities in Nevada say that no criminal investigation is forthcoming. The woman never reported the alleged crime when it supposedly happened back in 2008.

These type of allegations have become commonplace in the sports world. A few years back, Jerome Bettis was in a similar situation while with the Steelers. Bettis won his case, and Roethlisberger appeared intent on doing the same when he spoke at a news conference today.

Roethlisberger was in town for a charity golf tournament when the accuser says that he phoned down to alert the staff that his sound system was not working on his television. Instead of contacting a manager, the woman claims that she went upstairs to fix the television herself.

It was at that time, she claims, that Roethlisberger would not allow her to leave the room, and he forced himself on her. Roethlisberger said at Thursday's press conference that he would never force himself on a woman, and that he is focused on helping the Steelers repeat as champions.

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