Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is at the center of a sexual assault allegation in Milledgeville, Ga. According to police, his accuser, a 20-year-old female, claims Roethlisberger assaulted her at some point early Friday morning.
Per TMZ.com, Roethlisberger was at Capital City night club in Milledgeville early Friday morning where the incident was said to have occured. According to sources, Roethlisberger was a part of a group of people which was mingling with the group associated with his accuser at Capital City. Roethlisberger was seen interacting with patrons at Buffington's bar in Milledgeville prior to his visit to Capital City, where witnesses say he arrived with a group of people and entered a roped-off VIP area.
Steelers RT Willie Colon was with Roethlisberger at Capital City, according to SportsByBrooks.
The alleged victim is reported to have visited a local hospital, where she received treatment and was released.
Roethlisberger was interviewed early Friday morning by police and was released. Local authorities noted it's early in the investigation, and they are continuing to gather evidence and information.
Ryan Tollner, Roethlisberger's agent, released a statement:
"Last night, Ben and his friends met a group of women and everyone mingled together throughout the evening," Tollner says. "We have spoken to law enforcement. Based on information currently available, an allegation was made against Ben, which appeared to be dismissed after a preliminary investigation last night. Obviously, given the prior accusation against Ben, we are skeptical of motive, but we will continue to cooperate with everyone involved."
It's unclear whether Roethlisberger will be charged, but as of Friday evening, he has not been. It's the second incident Roethlisberger has encountered involving sexual assault allegations. He is currently facing a civil lawsuit for allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea McNulty at a Reno casino where she worked in 2008.