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Ben Roethlisberger Hires Prominent P.I.

The celeb site TMZ reports that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has hired a high-profile private investigator as he battles charges of sexual asault in Milledgeville.

Charles Mittelstadt, who has worked for NFL stars including Ray Lewis and Jamal Lewis and rapper T.I., has now joined Roethlisberger’s payroll, the report said.

GBI crime scene technicians returned to the Capital City Club on Thursday, where a 20-year-old college student has said Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her early on March 5.

Officials with the Milledgeville Police Department, the lead agency on the Roethlisberger case, have not released information about the investigation since holding a brief news conference Monday afternoon.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead had little to add.

“We have to do an investigation that’s ongoing and there’s nothing else to say about it,” Bankhead told the AJC.

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Ray L.

March 12th, 2010
12:41 pm

Time to dig up the dirt. This does not look good for Ben.

sarah

March 12th, 2010
12:50 pm

uh, no I don’t think it looks too good for this chick! this investigator is going to dig up photos of her drinking, carrying on with other guys, comments from kids at college about her ‘outisde activities’. that’s what’s not good!

What's Important

March 12th, 2010
12:54 pm

This poor girl doesn’t stand a chance. That’s why these high profile sports figures get by with what they do. They have the money and resources to find or fabricate whatever they need to in order to make the victim to go away. Ben will probably skate this time, but I have one word of advice for him, and that is “hookers”.

jojo

March 12th, 2010
12:55 pm

good thing the girl’s supposedly a nice sorority chick with not much dirt on her. Ben is guilty. The GBI is just getting all the ducks in a row before they arrest him.

JimChunk

March 12th, 2010
12:57 pm

First off, Ben hasn’t been charged with anything. What ever happenned to a presumption of innocent until proven guilty?

db

March 12th, 2010
12:57 pm

Where there’s smoke there’s fire.

DaveDawg

March 12th, 2010
1:00 pm

Well, if he can be tried and convicted in the media on just an anonymous allegation, more power to him and his defense if he’s innocent.

hmmmm.

March 12th, 2010
1:02 pm

My, My if it was another athlete(a black guy) he would have been all over the news and the comments on here would have been soooooo harsh! Unfortunately for blacks WE ARE GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT!!!

I GUESS BEN IS AN ALL AMERICAN QB HUH?!!! LMAO WOW….. HAVE A GREAT DAY FOLKS!!

Mike G

March 12th, 2010
1:03 pm

What is a 20 Year old doing in an over 21 club? That dont look good for her already. When you bring a guy in the the restroom with you what do you think its for? If he did do something why not tell the police right then and there? another Sl%t wasting someones time!

Barlow

March 12th, 2010
1:03 pm

Here’s the bigger question…if she is only 20 what was she doing partying in clubs??? Also, innocent until proven guilty…without ‘biological’ evidence this is going to be hard to prove…anyone can make any claim about anybody at anytime..it’s part of the world we’ve become.

Pedro

March 12th, 2010
1:05 pm

hmmmm,

Where have you been. This has been front page news every day for a week now. I fail to detect a “white wash”.

YouKnow

March 12th, 2010
1:06 pm

The club is for 18+

bmdpd

March 12th, 2010
1:07 pm

What an idiot! When are these athletes going to realize that the smart thing to do is keep it in their pants or at least use more discretion? I bet she settles for an undisclosed sum.

Stevereeno

March 12th, 2010
1:09 pm

None of us know what happened,….we weren’t there.
If she was drunk,….it’s possible she has a horrible recollection of reality.
I’ve seen girls act very strange when intoxicated. I’ve seen them falling into things.
Rothlisberger clearly has a weird set of circumstances to deal with. News reports though could be adding more urban ledgend to this then facts. It happend on week ago and the internet’s full of opinions,……maybe she’s a gold digger,…maybe he’s a fool.
I hope he’s not a sexual predator.

itpdude

March 12th, 2010
1:13 pm

If Big Ben is having to hire a PI to find dirt, things do not bode well for the guy. This girl did all the right things to get things set from an evidence standpoint: She reported immediately and went to the hospital.

Ben has consistently shown bad judgment from that gal who said he raped her to driving a motorcycle like a mad-man without a helmet, etc.

acridley

March 12th, 2010
1:16 pm

this is the second time he has been accused of sexaul misconduct in the last year or two……either he is a SEXUAL PREDATOR or just plain stupid or both!!!

tim

March 12th, 2010
1:19 pm

If Pig Ben needs a PI to “investigate” the girl……it’s the old “accuse the accuser” crap. The guy is a dirt bag!

larrymunsonthe3rd

March 12th, 2010
1:22 pm

get anybody you party with to sign a waiver to save your tail and not go after your money

SkinnyGirl

March 12th, 2010
1:25 pm

Jennifer, what is the point of your pieces? You just report what’s on other celeb sites but have little if any connection to your readers? You should have been tossed with Rich..

True Lies

March 12th, 2010
1:26 pm

Ben Roethlisberger, Ray Lewis, Jamal Lewis and T.I. Birds of a feather.

bbv

March 12th, 2010
1:27 pm

1st he hires the scummiest lawyers in ATL, now he hires a PI to tear this girl apart. 2nd time in 2 years this guy has been accused in 2 years. Something is not right.

sad brotha

March 12th, 2010
1:32 pm

Don’t pull the race card on this. We blacks fill up the jails for our stupidness. Ben is stupid as well!

Rod

March 12th, 2010
1:32 pm

bbv – you’re right, something’s not right.

To many ho’s out there out to make a quick and easy buck!

Dick

March 12th, 2010
1:33 pm

@bbv – the girl SHOULD be torn apart.

What was a 20 year old (under the drinking age) girl doing at a bar, going to a back room with guys? Huh?

Blogging: Quick We Need More Monkeys

March 12th, 2010
1:35 pm

There’s a reason he’s hired the same attorney as Ray Lewis had. He’s as guilty as Ray Lewis.

Alan

March 12th, 2010
1:35 pm

Hey Jennifer Brett – you can’t even get a current pic of Big Ben?

Please, do a little work here. That pic is many years old. It’s soooo old, that’s Cowher in the background – he stopped coaching years ago.

jojo

March 12th, 2010
1:36 pm

dick,
your name suits you.

Rod

March 12th, 2010
1:36 pm

Hey “Blogging: Quick We Need More Monkeys” – you’re pretty stupid. Ray Lewis was innocent. Wasn’t very smart, but he was innocent.

You’re nothing but an ignorant, racism P.O.S.

Dick

March 12th, 2010
1:38 pm

jojo – you’re probably stupid enough to go underage to a bar, get drunk, go to a dark private area with guys and no witnesses and not expect them to want sex.

SHE ASKED FOR IT!!! He didn’t rape her, but she deserved it (like you)

Steve

March 12th, 2010
1:39 pm

This is just another case of a girl who got in to deep. She went in a private area in a bar to flirt with some guys. When they wanted sex, she acted all surprised and called to momma.

I hope his P.I. rips her to shreads.

Common Sense

March 12th, 2010
1:41 pm

Anyone that thinks this guy did anything wrong is nuts. A wealthy single guy with celebrity status is a target. A girl gets drunks and follows him all over and perhaps does something she regrets, pure and simple.

No ultra weathly guy that’s on national television with an NFL team is going force himself on a girl, when he can say, “get off” and go to the next girl in line willing to throw herself at him. I’m sure he’s got his pick anywhere he goes, so to think that he actually assaulted her is nuts. Now Tyson – yes, I can see that, come on. This guy is as innocent as Kobe. Just a girl looking for a buck and she didn’t like getting told to leave when they were done. Classic Duke Lacrosse situation part 2.

Retro Lover

March 12th, 2010
1:42 pm

What else would you expect from a Pittsburgh Squealer? Hey Ben, next time just hire the help….it will cost you a lot less in the end.

Ginger

March 12th, 2010
1:49 pm

When I was 20 I knew enough not to get drunk, go into a bathroom with a drunk 6′5 240 pounder and expect nothing to happen. I don’t think society is doing young girls a favor by teaching them that it’s okay to do that, get halfway through, then “just say no” and bear none of the responsibility. Most women are not that stupid.

a$$play

March 12th, 2010
1:57 pm

Ben has the sense of “Pacman Jones”… I used to thenk Ben wasn’t a retard and maybe he is being framed… but have enough sense to let things blow over. Now he is giving the other ammo in her case. Not the Brightest Crayon in the box! Now… those that want to convict him in the press are the same people who believes that 14yo boy that had sex with an amazing looking 33 yr. old teacher was “harmed in someway” … Dudes the man!…at leat that’s what all his friends are saying now….Come on people!

Cx3

March 12th, 2010
1:59 pm

I agree that this girl is like many others…a big athlete celeb in little ole milledgeville and she wants to be the one with the bragging rights. She’s 20 – why’s she in a bar to begin with – is she getting charged for underage drinking? he’s a guy – the chicks surely fall all around him – she wanted her moment – he may have had his and off he went and now she’s a victim??? total b.s. chicks like this make it harder for woman that have real sexual assault cases to deal with.

bbv

March 12th, 2010
2:00 pm

Rod and Dick- Let me guess. Not members of MENSA. Your knuckles drag when you walk, big brow, dog (pit bull) tied up in front of your Camaro in front of your trailer.

edward

March 12th, 2010
2:00 pm

He has to hire all these people for not being guilty?? The girl was with him all night. The 2 off-duty PITTSBURGH police with him are trying to say they NEVER SAW HER. What is he doing in a club for 18+ anyway? The Steelers have told him repeatedly not to go out boozing it up before training camp. The guy is a pig and a leech. He is more famous around Pittsburgh for being crass, rude and skipping out on bills. He is hoping to smear this girls’ name and credibility like he was able to in Tahoe.
You don’t hire those attornies unless you are guilty.

Ben There

March 12th, 2010
2:02 pm

You have got to be kidding me! Hire your relief, because that worked out so well for Tiger right?

no is no

March 12th, 2010
2:09 pm

i never thought i would hear sound mine people it is ok to do what ever you want to woman even if she say no. Just think if that was daughter or mother, i guest the same would apply.

Yoda

March 12th, 2010
2:10 pm

Hiring a PI on top of high priced lawyers….sounds like Big Ben better get used to soap on a rope…Reidsville Ben

Gwinnett Fred

March 12th, 2010
2:14 pm

Damn Ben,

Wouldn’t it have been easier (and cheaper) to go to Athens and just pick up a prostitute????

Dan

March 12th, 2010
2:14 pm

Common sense, that was my thought after the first accusation (which was a year after the incident) this just smells worse, sure she was with him much of the night, but his story that she fell in the restroom?? hmmm. I think he may be in a bit of trouble, and even if he beats it he is a idiot and will be punished by the NFL

Gwinnett Fred

March 12th, 2010
2:19 pm

Edward – you are an idiot. PERIOD.

“He has to hire lawyers when he’s not guilty?” – Yes dummy, even the innocent have to hire lawyers

“He is hoping to smear the girls’ name” – Uh, and exactly what is her name? Thought so. Hard to smear something that isn’t identified

“You don’t hire those attourney’s unless you are guilty” – Please let me know where you live so I can have someone to frame if I ever get the urge to commit a crime. Since you won’t bother to hire an attourney since you are innocent – I won’t have to worry about being caught.

Buddy – your ignorance is off the charts.

BobStevens

March 12th, 2010
2:22 pm

Ben Rothlisberger may be innocent like KOBE, but he is guilty of using bad judgement just as Kobe. Kobe was fortunate to fully restore his image 110%. I dont know if Rothlisberger will be as lukcy. Rothlisberger from all accounts is a gentleman, but from what I gather of the story, it appears that Gentle Ben was not so gentle after all. Who would have thunk it.

Frustrated

March 12th, 2010
2:29 pm

Why does anyone here care that she was only 20 years old at a club? Didn’t any of you go to college? That’s what you do when you are under 21 – go to the 18+ clubs. Even if she was drinking, that’s doesn’t mean she deserves to be sexually assulted.

Phoneguy71

March 12th, 2010
2:31 pm

Gwinnett Fred Its A-T-T-O-R-N-E-Y Dude!

Kareful

March 12th, 2010
2:32 pm

What intrigues me is the ones he is hiring are the ones who have diligently worked to get “guilty” stars off before. I guess if you have to hire those who work to keep sleaze going you do. Ray Lewis – that is right all those witnesses didn’t describe someone that looked just like him – same lawyer same PI.

Griffin

March 12th, 2010
2:35 pm

This is standard procedure for Criminal Defense Attorneys. The police do not share what they find during an investigation. So the defense has to do their own investigating. They do not wish to be blind sided. This is normal.

Bama Bill

March 12th, 2010
2:38 pm

Oh my goodness, man-up big Ben (not by hiring lawyers and detectives) ! Did you touch that young co-ed ? If she has some of your DandA and she slipped in he bathroom – were you sharing it bathrooms down in Milledgeville and where were you big buddies? If yes then bad boy Ben, you must pay the piper ?

Ginger

March 12th, 2010
2:43 pm

Todd, just saying that women shouldn’t act all surprised when something happens as a direct result of putting yourself in a stupid position. No may mean no, but that doesn’t mean that most women do not know enough to use common sense. That makes women look stupid, we are not. Yes, no means no in any case, but that does not mean that women should act like idiots. If I get drunk and go in the bathroom with a drunk guy twice my size, that makes me an idiot, without the sports jock entitlement thing added in.