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Discrepancy Over Ben Roethlisberger Bar Video

3/25/2010 11:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ben Roethlisberger is smack in the middle of a brand new mystery -- one that involves the alleged disappearance of security footage shot at Capital City nightclub on the night he was accused of sexual assault.

A lawyer for Capital City told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review the footage has been erased -- and produced the following explanation: "The DVD system overwrote itself ... Had it just been deleted, they might have been able to save some of it."

But this information directly contradicts what bar owner Rocky Duncan repeatedly told TMZ in the wake of the alleged incident -- dude not only said he had video, but Duncan described the footage in great detail.

Duncan told TMZ the video clearly showed Ben and his 20-year-old accuser hanging out before the alleged incident and cops speaking with Ben afterward. Duncan was quick to point out that the video did not show Ben and his accuser going towards the bathroom where the alleged incident took place.

UPDATE:
The lawyer for the club tells TMZ cops watched the video with Rocky "shortly" after the alleged incident -- but cops did not take the video with them at that time.

The lawyer tells us cops returned to collect the tape -- and that's when they noticed the footage had been erased.

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Anita    

If it did not show him doing anything, the tape is useless anyway.
Those kids of tapes do override themselves, just like answering machines.

1640 days ago
2.

Pray For the Beaten Up!    

no one cares

1640 days ago
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xcalibur    

HE'S GUILTY. WAS THERE ANY DOUBT?!

1640 days ago
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Lorrie    

I agree with xcalibur, this dude is guilty.

1640 days ago
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trish    

He is DUMB and Guilty..can't get sex like a NORMAL man so you have to go out and forse it...YOU FUGLY !!!!!! get a clue, go gay, your chances are better !!!!! Start now cause you'll be someone bitch in jail !!!!!!!! BENdover Ben...

1640 days ago
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MindyD    

How conventient that the DVD was erased. There have been WAY too many incidents with this guy to brush it off anymore. I hope he is found guilty, and made to pay like anyone else would have to. Sorry Ben, but this time, you're goin' down.

1640 days ago
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Amy    

This is absolutely ridiculous. I don't care if he is guilty or not, but 1: he's dumb for putting himself in these situations, 2: WTF was this girl doing in a night club, drinking, if she is only 20? My guess is he will be declared "not guilty"...

1640 days ago
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steeler fan    

While I am a Steeler fan, I am not a fan of Ben. That being said, for all of you ready to crucify him, you should check out the entire article at triblive.com. And for those of you not in the Pittsburgh area, the latest reports out of Georgia, are that 1. DNA request was withdrawn, (meaning no biological was recovered from the alleged victim), 2. The alleged victim has only been interviewed the night of the incident. She has been a No show for subsequent interviews.

Now getting back to the article, this is a snippet:

"She presented the ID, but the security saw that it clearly was a fake birth date," said Cansino, a former county prosecutor. "Because she never got the chance to drink, security confiscated it and didn't turn her over for other charges."

According to Cansino, authorities told him the woman's blood alcohol level was above 0.20 percent — more than 10 times the legal limit for drivers younger than 21 in Georgia and more than twice the limit for older motorists.

"We believe that she obtained the alcohol from patrons, not from employees," said Cansino, who said bouncers removed one member of the woman's group from the VIP room that evening.


1640 days ago
9.

ster    

How convenient. There is a video showing this drunk all over him, and conveniently this small town local bar erases it.

Innocent. No doubt.

He's guilty of being stupid, but that's all.

No proof. No DNA. Cops already said no sex took place. Witnesses saying she was drinking underaged. She never asked for help. She was busted the prior week for altering her ID so she could drink. Ben posing with GA cops before the allegations. Ben partying with PA cops.

Those of you who actually believe this famous guy is going to rape a girl in a public place while surrounded by cops are also guilty of being stupid.

1640 days ago
10.

ter    

that girl was made to look like the poor sweet student, all along she's a just fake id wielding 2 x over the limit drunk who just wants money.

1640 days ago
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ter    

Trish, you are an idiot

1640 days ago
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Jack Butters    

[quote]9. While I am a Steeler fan, I am not a fan of Ben. That being said, for all of you ready to crucify him, you should check out the entire article at triblive.com. And for those of you not in the Pittsburgh area, the latest reports out of Georgia, are that 1. DNA request was withdrawn, (meaning no biological was recovered from the alleged victim), 2. The alleged victim has only been interviewed the night of the incident. She has been a No show for subsequent interviews.

Now getting back to the article, this is a snippet:

"She presented the ID, but the security saw that it clearly was a fake birth date," said Cansino, a former county prosecutor. "Because she never got the chance to drink, security confiscated it and didn't turn her over for other charges."

According to Cansino, authorities told him the woman's blood alcohol level was above 0.20 percent — more than 10 times the legal limit for drivers younger than 21 in Georgia and more than twice the limit for older motorists.

"We believe that she obtained the alcohol from patrons, not from employees," said Cansino, who said bouncers removed one member of the woman's group from the VIP room that evening.


Posted at 10:58AM on Mar 25th 2010 by steeler fan


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so because the girl was drunk, she deserved to be sexually
assaulted? so sick of hearing she was 20 in a club from
all you idiots. Seriously, just proves how stupid most of
you people are on here. Everyone knows there are tons of
clubs in college towns that do 18 and over and most clubs
have 18 and over nights.

Nobody, I mean nobody deserves to be sexually assaulted
because they are in a club and under in the influence of
alcohol and if you clowns think different then I feel
real bad for society because it means most of you feel
women are open season because they are drunk so they
deserved to be felt up or sexually assaulted.

1640 days ago
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steeler fan    

@ Jack, The only point I was trying to make, and this is directed at people like you, is that there are 2 sides to every story, and this one was only telling one! I have seen first hand how these girls, drinking or not, hang all over players. I was actually embarrassed to be a woman when I saw how they behave. I just think that we need to hear both sides here and that just doesn't seem to be the case. She filed the initial report, hasn't spoken to law enforcement since, has hired an attorney whose specialty is Civil law, not criminal. My guess is once she went to the hospital and they drew a blood sample, she had to start covering her butt as she was drunk and underage. This could be why she isn't cooperating with LE.

1640 days ago
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All your base are belong to us    

I don't really think he is innocent because he admitted to sxual contact. And most girls nowadays know what is completely consentual.

What I think happened was that they were both into the occassion, maybe even doing some manual work; and then she got to the location and, "Ewwww... Bad Hygiene!" and she didn't want to do it anymore.

But dude was SO ready he started pushing her head into it, while she resisted and said no. He continued forcing the point and she bailed and complained.

But really, only the two of them know what happened.

1640 days ago
15.

Repulsed    

I know someone that he personally tried to get in the sack at one of his restaurants here in Charleston. She is a waitress, daughter of my friend. You should read the texts...hotel room number and all...he is an ass!!! She definately did not reciprocate.

1640 days ago
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