MILLEDGEVILLE — The young woman who accused Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault said she tried to get away from the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and told him “no, this is not OK,” according to police documents released Thursday.
In one of at least two statements the 20-year-old college student gave to police, she said Roethlisberger told her, and her friends, to take numerous shots of alcohol. Then one of his bodyguards escorted her into a hallway at the Capital City nightclub, sat her on a stool and left. She said Roethlisberger walked down the hallway and exposed himself.
“I told him it wasn’t OK, no, we don’t need to do this and I proceeded to get up and try to leave,” she said.
According to her statement, Roethlisberger then followed her into a nearby bathroom and shut the door.
“I still said no, this is not OK, and he then had sex with me,” she wrote. “He said it was OK. He then left without saying anything.”
Two of the woman’s friends said they saw the bodyguard lead her into the hallway and then saw Roethlisberger follow.
They said they couldn’t see their friend but knew she was drunk and were worried about her.
A friend told police she approached one of Roethlisberger’s two bodyguards and said, “This isn’t right. My friend is back there with Ben. She needs to come back right now.”
She said the bodyguard wouldn’t look her in the eye and said he didn’t know what she was talking about.
A few minutes later, the friends said they saw Roethlisberger leave the hallway.
When the woman came back, the friends said they asked her what happened and urged her to alert police.
Earlier this week, prosecutors said no charges would be filed against Roethlisberger, who has denied the accusations through his attorney.
Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright said Monday the woman had asked him not to pursue the case and that the woman’s accusations could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.