Roethlisberger co-defendant seeks dismissal from suit

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A defendant in the Nevada lawsuit against Ben Roethlisberger and eight current or former Harrah's Lake Tahoe employees has asked a court to dismiss the counts against her.

Stacy Dingman was sued by a former Harrah's colleague for intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, trespass, defamation and conspiracy.

The counts were part of a broad suit filed July 17 by a 31-year-old Harrah's employee who alleged that the Steelers quarterback raped her in his hotel room during a celebrity golf tournament last summer and that her co-workers helped cover it up.

Mr. Roethlisberger has denied the allegations.

Ms. Dingman, who is described in her filing yesterday in Washoe County, Nev., as the plaintiff's former best friend, is accused of making "false and scurrilous" claims about the plaintiff in connection with the alleged sexual assault by Mr. Roethlisberger.

Ms. Dingman's lawyer has asked all counts against her to be dismissed or, barring that, for the plaintiff to provide more details to back up the allegations against her.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette does not name alleged victims of sexual assault.


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