Roethlisberger video no longer exists

Updated: March 25, 2010, 6:12 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The attorney for a nightclub where Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is accused of "sexually assaulted or sexually manipulated" a college student told ESPN that there is no remaining video from the night of the alleged incident.

Carl Cansino, the attorney for the Capital City nightclub in Milledgeville, Ga., said that he learned Thursday there is no remaining video. It was recorded over after detectives and the club's manager, Rocky Duncan, had watched it.

Cansino said that Milledgeville detectives tried to retrieve the video after it was recorded over, but were unable to. A Georgia Bureau of Investigations forensics team tried to retrieve it as well, but was also unsuccessful.

Cansino said the GBI told him Thursday that nothing on the tape is available at the present time.

Earlier Thursday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review also reported that -- according to Cansino -- the GBI was unable to retrieve the footage as potential evidence.

A source told ESPN's Kelly Naqi that there was no camera inside the nightclub pointed toward the bathroom where the woman said the assault took place.

The source told Naqi that many of the club's security cameras are focused on the main dance floor area. The value of any footage obtained from those recordings would have been to see the demeanor of the accuser and her friends as they made their exit from the club, the source told Naqi.

The source also said that Duncan viewed the footage from the output of those cameras from the night in question, but said it was hard for Duncan to determine much from the footage because there were a couple of hundred people in the club and the footage is in black and white.

Duncan did not return a call from ESPN for comment.

A member of Roethlisberger's entourage shot his own video inside the club, where Roethlisberger had gone to celebrate his birthday. According to Cansino, the video shows the accuser with the 28-year-old Roethlisberger, but the attorney described the footage as standard home video.

Among the people who arrived at the club with Roethlisberger on March 5 were teammate Willie Colon, a police officer from Coraopolis, Pa., and a Pennsylvania state trooper. Roethlisberger has a home about 30 miles from the nightclub.

The investigation is entering its third week since the accusation was leveled on March 5. Roethlisberger owns a home about 30 miles from Milledgeville.

Roethlisberger has not been charged and his lawyer, Ed Garland, said this week that he hoped the investigation would wrap up within a month. Garland said he believes Roethlisberger will not be charged.

On Wednesday, the GBI withdrew its request for a DNA sample from Roethlisberger.

The Steelers start offseason practices and training sessions for regulars beginning Monday, and coach Mike Tomlin said he expects Roethlisberger to attend.

Information from ESPN reporter Kelly Naqi is included in this report.

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