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Roethlisberger's accuser's attorneys urge restraint
Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Attorneys representing the alleged victim in the Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault investigation released a statement on her behalf today, urging the media not to identify her and to respect her privacy while the investigation runs its course.

The 20-year-old woman's school, Georgia College & State University, also has released a statement, instructing other students not to talk about the woman or what they know about the alleged incident.

"We join the school in urging the media to respect the family's need for privacy during this extremely difficult period in their lives," said attorneys Lee Parks and David Walbert of the Atlanta law firm Parks, Chesin & Walbert.

"Their daughter has done the right thing and reported this matter to the police. She has been, and will be, available to the authorities to assist them in the criminal investigation. While the matter is under investigation, we ask you to respect her privacy, keep her name out of the press and allow the family space and time to heal."

Mr. Parks and Mr. Walbert said they were hired to advise the woman's family and represent her as the investigation of what happened early Friday in Milledgeville, Ga., proceeds.

The woman has accused Mr. Roethlisberger of assaulting her in a dance club. Milledgeville police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are looking into the allegations and have said they plan to interview Mr. Roethlisberger, the woman and six other people who were together in the club early Friday.

One of Mr. Roethlisberger's attorneys, Edward T.M. Garland of Atlanta, said Monday that "there was no criminal activity. No sexual assault occurred. The truth of the events should cause this investigation to end without a criminal charge."

Tom Birdsong: tbirdsong@post-gazette.com or 412-263-3068.
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First published on March 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm