Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger just issued a statement to the media, denying sexual assault allegations made by Andrea McNulty.
Appearing to read the statement in person at the press conference but not taking any questions from reporters afterward, Ben Roethlisberger said:
"I did not sexually assault Andrea McNulty. Saturday was the first that I learned of her accusations. Her false and vicious allegations are an attack on my family and on me. I would never, ever force myself on a woman."
"I want to fight to protect my family and my reputation."
"I'm not going to discuss my private life or this civil case in the media. I'll respond to her outrageous allegations in the appropriate forum."
"I have an obligation to our fans, my teammates, my coaches and everyone in the organization to remain focused on the Pittsburgh Steelers and I will do that."
"The allegations against me are reckless and false."
"As much as I would like to answer everyone's questions, I going to respect the legal process and I am confident that the truth will prevail."
McNulty claims Ben Roethlisberger came on to her at the Nevada hotel where she works and would not stop despite her repeated protestations that he do so.
Ben's accuser has also been experiencing a number of mental health issues since the incident. It is unclear how this may play into the civil case filed this week.
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Here's a video of Ben's press conference ...