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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is set to speak out today for the first time since being accused of raping a woman at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino a year ago.

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is set to speak out today for the first time since being accused of raping a woman at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino a year ago. Steelers officials say Roethlisberger will read a statement Thursday afternoon at the Steelers practice complex in Pittsburgh. He is not expected to take any questions. A 31-year-old Nevada woman has filed a civil lawsuit alleging the Super Bowl winning quarterback raped her in a hotel penthouse last year. Roethlisberger’s lawyer vehemently denies the allegations. Law enforcement officials in Nevada said Wednesday that the woman did not file a criminal complaint after the alleged incident and they do not intend to open a criminal investigation into the matter. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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