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July 31, 2009
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Roethlisberger accuser target of threats, harassing phone calls

The woman who accused Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of rape had to change her telephone number after receiving more than 100 threats and harassing telephone calls since she filed a civil lawsuit against the football star.

Andrea McNulty of Gardnerville filed a complaint Thursday with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

She said the callers left threats that "If you don't stop this, something's going to happen," and calling her names.

McNulty, 30, said the telephone calls began July 21 when news of the lawsuit broke.

Most of the telephone numbers were blocked, but deputies traced two telephone messages to Pittsburgh and Miami. They were unable to contact the callers.

McNulty said all the callers were men except one from "squealing girls."

Deputies told her to keep a log of the calls and advised her to change her telephone number which McNulty said she would.

In a lawsuit filed July 17 in Washoe County, McNulty claimed that Roethlisberger raped her in July 2008 while he was participating in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood Golf Course.

She worked at Harrah's Tahoe casino as a VIP host during the golf tournament where Roethlisberger was a guest.

McNulty never reported the alleged assault which Roethlisberger, 27, has denied. She claimed Harrah's officials, whom she named in the lawsuit, pressured her to keep quiet.

The lawsuit was served on Roethlisberger July 18 as he participated in this year's tournament.

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The Record Courier Updated Jul 31, 2009 08:21PM Published Jul 31, 2009 07:32PM Copyright 2009 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.