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Ben Roethlisberger Photographed With Accuser

3/8/2010 3:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ben Roethlisberger had his arm around his accuser before the alleged assault ... and she had a big grin as she wrapped her arms around him. No doubt Ben's lawyer -- rightly or wrongly -- will make hay of this.

We now know the accuser's identity -- we will not post the picture in this story. A photo of the two taken at Capital City bar in Milledgeville, Georgia shortly before the alleged incident shows a cozy scene -- at least at that moment in time.

Of course, a photo never tells the whole story, and the mood could have darkened in an instant. Police sources tell TMZ the woman claims Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her in the women's bathroom.

And, other women in the bar also posed for photos with Roethlisberger before the alleged incident.


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31.

Theo    

Well, even if you are on a date with someone, it does not mean you are asking to be assaulted later that night. I also have a friend that is a bartender at a club in Pittsburgh and she says that Ben is known as a "pig" and was often harrassing and degrading to women...so you are right...there are two sides to every story.

1697 days ago
32.

Sharon    

It doesn't matter if you have 50 photos of the two of them together... if he forced himself on her than it doesn't matter if she was smiling 1, 2, 3 or 30 minutes beforehand.
Looks like Big Ben needs to hang around women his own age and not go barhopping!

1697 days ago
33.

78vette    

You have to wonder how stupid he is to put himself in this same type of situation twice in a year. I wonder whether/when the Steelers franchise is going to get tired of the bad press. Once you can possibly dismiss as being overblown, but twice makes you pause. Note to Ben: if you make it through this without any charges being filed, for goodness sake smarten up and grow up!

1697 days ago
34.

V    

Have to agree with #2!!!!! Don't really believe any of these gold digging sluts that have been coming out of the woodwork lately due to people like Gloria

1697 days ago
35.

TONY    

TMZ IS NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF WORTHLESS YAHOOS. THEY CAN CRITIZE EVERYONE ELSE BUT TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THEM ON TV. THEY LOOK LIKE A BUNCH OF HORSES ASS'S INCLUDING PAUL HARVEY THE HOST HE'S AREAL JOKE. SO LETS GET IT RIGHT YOU ARE ALL FULL OF CRAP. SHOW THE MINOR WHO WAS IN A BAR ILLEGALLY. SITE THE BAR FOR LETTING HER IN. SHE'S ANOTHER GOLD DIGGER.

1697 days ago
36.

Joe    

Here we go Steelers, Here we go! What a damn idiot. Typical arrogant Steeler.

1697 days ago
37.

Sue    

Ben - - you need to grow the F up !!!!! You are no longer a child and have a reputation to uphold. You are ruining your name, the Steeler's organization (I am from Pittsburgh) and your family. That should make you feel real good about yourself.

1697 days ago
38.

Lisa    

So, to all of the people who say they know the girl, can you explain to me why she does not name him outright in the complaint but she lists his height and weight? Don't you find that odd? Why did she give them him published NFL Stats? If he truly did something wrong, then he needs punished. If this girl is lying though, she needs punished.

The truth will come out, but there are some morals to this story..
One..Ben, grow up. Stop partying like a little boy and settle down. You are asking for trouble. I am from Pittsburgh and I like you as a quarterback, but this is just stupidity and I hate stupid.
Two..for young girls, if you meet a drunk guy in a bar, even a famous one, and he is hanging all over you...run. If he is interested enough, and sober enough, he can contact you the next day. Don't put yourself in danger. And take someone to the bathroom with you.

1697 days ago
39.

kevin    

I'm a 56 year old lifelong Steeler fan. Back in the day Terry Bradshaw had always been depicted by the media as a little dumb. Compared to Rothlisberger, Bradshaw is a flipping genius.

Why is a 28 year old pro athelete cruising the college bar scene with his posse? This guy is either needs to be in jail or he is just plain stupid. To get placed in the same situation twice in the last 8 months that indicates that there is very little intellectual reasoning going on in this persons mind.

Also in my opinion for Ben to be considered as great a Steeler quatrerback as Bradshaw he not only needs needs to win 2 more Super Bowls, he also needs to be named the MVP.

1697 days ago
40.

don't believe it    

I bet hes innocent ...

1697 days ago
41.

eddie    

If he dint rape her why is her identity protected? Just asking?

1697 days ago
42.

springup2010    

That is very good!

1697 days ago
43.

msrbsinger    

WOW!!! TMZ WILL NOT SHOW A "NORMAL" PICTURE OF THIS GIRL TO PROTECT HER LILY WHITE IDENTITY? HOW QUICK DID TMZ SLAP A BATTERED AND BLOODY ABUSED PIC OF RIHANNA ON THEIR PAGE AND EVERYONE KNOWS HER!!! IF THAT IS NOT BIAS I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO CALL IT!!! U.S. REALLY SUCKS SOMETIMES...

1697 days ago
44.

CB    

This picture is from several years ago. It's been floating around the internet for quite some time. That tee-shirt became quite popular in black and gold around Pittsburgh after this photo surfaced. It was taken at a night club call Halo which hasn't been opened for several years. Nice job TMZ keeping your information up to date.

1696 days ago
45.

jason    

i think everyone that is judging the best qb in the league needs to open their eyes.this chick should have stayed in school an got her money the same way everyone else does,BY WORKING.not by bein a scandolous ho bag.she isnt even old enough to be in a bar drinking so investigate her an the bar!

1696 days ago
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