New details have come to light about the sexual assault case swirling around Ben Roethlisberger.
According to reports, the 20-year-old woman who accused Roethlisberger, 28, of sexual assault told investigators that she feared the NFL quarterback’s temper the night they met, March 5, in Milledgeville, Ga.
“I noticed throughout the night he kind of had a short temper,” the 5-foot-4-inch college student said during a videotaped interview, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. “I obviously didn’t want him to hurt me any more than he was going to.”
The video interview was released to the media by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation months after the local district attorney decided not to prosecute Roethlisberger, citing a lack of evidence.
The accuser also told investigators that it seemed “weird” that the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback was in her small town, which is 80 miles south of Atlanta. According to the Associated Press, Roethlisberger owns a home near Milledgeville.
“That’s weird,” she said, “You’re in a college town. He’s 28 years old.”
Although Roethlisberger was not prosecuted, he was punished by the NFL and will be suspended for the first six games of the 2010 season.