Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger spoke out Thursday for the first time since being accused of raping a woman at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino a year ago.
Roethlisberger -- reading a prepared statement at the Steelers practice complex in Pittsburgh – began by saying: “I did not sexually assault Andrea McNulty.”
Roethlisberger called the allegations a “false and vicious attack.” He also vowed “to fight to protect his family and his reputation.”
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He did not take any questions.
McNulty, 31, has filed a civil lawsuit against the Super Bowl winning quarterback.
Law enforcement officials in Nevada have said that McNulty did not file a criminal complaint after the alleged incident, and they do not intend to open a criminal investigation into the matter.