CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP)Ă˘â‚¬â€ťA Nevada judge denied motions by lawyers for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to dismiss a civil lawsuit alleging he raped a Lake Tahoe casino worker, according to court documents released Wednesday.
Washoe District Judge Brent Adams rejected arguments that the suit should be dismissed, saying the womanĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s allegations make a Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“sufficientĂ˘â‚¬Âť claim that if proven, would entitle her to relief.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“The court recognizes that a motion to dismiss is only proper where it appears beyond doubt that the plaintiff could prove no set of facts which, if true, would entitle them to relief,Ă˘â‚¬Âť Adams wrote in the order filed late Tuesday.
Adams also refused to strike the womanĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s complaint, finding that as written, it is not Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“unnecessarily salacious or graphic,Ă˘â‚¬Âť as argued by RoethlisbergerĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s lawyers.
The woman, a 31-year-old VIP hostess at HarrahĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s, filed a civil suit in July, alleging Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her while he was at Lake Tahoe the previous summer to compete in a celebrity golf tournament. The suit claimed she was hospitalized for several months because she was traumatized after the alleged attack.
The womanĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s suit seeks a minimum $440,000 in damages from Roethlisberger, unspecified punitive damages and at least $50,000 in damages from eight HarrahĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s officials she accuses of orchestrating a cover-up of the incident.http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=Ak0BGneuV34THX8Zx7ge.lRDubYF?slug=ap-roethlisberger-lawsuit&prov=ap&type=lgns