NFL Quarterback Roethlisberger Will Speak Publicly About Rape Claim

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will speak out for the first time Thursday since rape allegations surfaced stemming from a year-old incident with a woman at a Nevada hotel-casino.

Team officials say Roethlisberger will read a statement Thursday afternoon at the Steelers practice complex in Pittsburgh.

He is not expected to take any questions.

The woman leveling the accusations, a 31-year-old from Nevada, 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 an investigation into the matter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.