Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Big Ben...Rape or Gold Dig?
This woman, Andrea McNulty claims Pittsburgh Steeler's QB, Ben Roethlisberger, raped her a little over a year ago, and she has now filed a multi-million $$ civil lawsuit.
Am I skeptical? Hell yes I am...there has been far too many cases as of late for which a woman claims rape by a high profile celebrity, and goes for the $$$ rather than real justice.
There was no criminal case filed...it's literally a he-said, she-said, civil case at this point. This is a legal travesty that in fact Ben was never arrested, never allowed the right to a speedy trial or the right to have a jury trial. No, this accuser gets to simply file a lawsuit claiming damages so she can get as much $$ as possible.
If you were really, truly raped, than a CRIME has been committed, and the proper channel's to deal with it is supposed to be the criminal courts...not civil court.
Furthermore, I'm betting the end game here is to extort Ben into settling out of court for an undisclosed sum.
I think this points to a current legal reality that needs some serious attention, and my solution is simple:
A civil case regarding damages caused by supposed criminal activity SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED UNLESS A CONVICTION PROVING THE GUILT HAS BEEN ATTAINED.
I.e....celebrities worth millions of dollars should be immune from civil lawsuits regarding rape (or any other serious charges) unless they are convicted and proven beyond a reasonable doubt to have committed the crime.
Finally...take a good look at this woman's picture. Does it really pass the smell test?
A high profile, multi-millionaire athlete...the starting QB of the recent, Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers -- does he really NEED to rape a lady like this?
Let's face it...she's obviously not getting a modeling contract anytime soon....
Please. Ben could simply show face at any bar or club in the country and walk out of there with a bevvy of ladies that would jump at the opportunity to sleep with a high profile, rich celebrity athlete.