Roethlisberger's Attorney Says Rape Accuser Trying to Shield Herself From Layoffs

Lawyers for Ben Roethlisberger claim in new court documents that the woman accusing the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback of raping her at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino concocted the story in part to try to shield herself from possible layoffs at the resort.

In a motion filed late Wednesday in Washoe District Court in Reno, Roethlisberger's lawyers say the woman fabricated the rape allegation against the two-time Super Bowl winner, a friend of Harrah's executives, in an effort to prevent Harrah's from terminating her.

The 31-year-old VIP hostess filed her civil suit in July, alleging Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her in his penthouse suite while he was at Tahoe the previous summer to compete in a celebrity golf tournament.

Roethlisberger denies the allegation. His lawyers suggest the woman is mentally unstable.