Big Ben claims he did not sleep with accuser

Details are emerging in the latest Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault case, as is reporting that Big Ben told the police that he did not have intercourse with his accuser.

Sources told KDKA Roethlisberger said he had contact with the woman that was not consummated and afterward she slipped and fell, injuring her head.

It was also reported Wednesday that two off-duty Pennsylvania law enforcement officers were with Roethlisberger at the Georgia nightclub.

Anthony Barravecchio, an officer on the force in the Pittsburgh suburb of Coraopolis, and Pennsylvania Trooper Ed Joyner were among about eight people with Roethlisberger celebrating his birthday at the club, attorney Michael Santicola said. Santicola said the men were there because they are friends of the two-time Super Bowl winner.

“They were not there in their official capacity,” said Santicola, who represents Barravecchio but said Joyner is also a longtime friend.

Santicola, who’s based in western Pennsylvania, said both of the law enforcement officers who were with Roethlisberger are cooperating fully with the investigation, but say they saw nothing inappropriate.

Just because the two officers didn’t see anything doesn’t mean nothing happened. That said, having those two officers (who were apparently sober the entire night) there certainly helps Roethlisberger’s case that no foul play occurred.

What’s interesting is the new detail about her hitting her head. Is Roethlisberger and/or his defense team going to use that to say the girl wasn’t coherent after the two had consummated “contact” with each other in the bathroom? If they do, it seems like it would be a weak argument.

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