Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer on Monday filed a lawsuit against the San Diego woman who accused him of sexual assault, claiming slander and injurious interference while seeking unspecified financial and criminal damages.
In the case, brought before the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, Bauer’s lawyers say the woman “made allegations of sexual assault,” “pursued false criminal and civil acts,” “made false and malicious statements,” and “generated a media flash based. on her lies “in an attempt to” ruin “Bauer’s reputation,” gain self-awareness “and” extract millions of dollars. “
In a petition requesting a restraining order against domestic violence (DVRO), filed on June 29, 2021, the woman – whom ESPN has chosen not to name – stated that Bauer took rough sex with consent for far less than two meetings in his Pasadena, California, at home in April and May 2021, claimed he strangled her unconscious on several occasions, sodomized her without consent, and beat her all over her body, leaving her with injuries that received medical attention.
Bauer and his lawyers have certainly dismissed the allegations, calling them “fraudulent” and “baseless.”
The woman was denied a permanent detention after a four-day hearing in August, and six months later, in February 2022, the LA County District Attorney’s Office decided not to pursue criminal charges against Bauer. But Major League Baseball, which has the autonomy to suspend players for “fair reasons” under its domestic violence policy, is still investigating Bauer, who recently had his administrative leave extended to Friday.
In the case, Bauer’s lawyers deny that he participated in anal sex with the woman, hit her in the face, stomach or vagina or scratched her on her cheek or back, as the woman said.
“At all times during both sexual encounters,” the case reads, “Mr. Bauer has respected the established and agreed boundaries with [the woman]. “
The case says the woman, who was 27 at the time, continued to pursue Bauer after the first meeting with a goal of luring him into “a harsher sexual experience so she could later claim that this sexual experience was not , what she asked for, thereby laying the groundwork for a financial settlement. “
The case also refers to text messages the woman sent to friends in which she apparently bragged about a potential payout, while noting inconsistent statements in her testimony during the DVRO hearing, where they said pictures of her injuries were altered, claiming , that she “intentionally” deleted the phone records during the process.
The woman, who presented photographs and medical records as part of her DVRO statement, said she woke up the morning after the second sexual encounter with two black eyes, a swollen jaw and cheekbones, dark red scratches on the right side of her face, bruised. gums, a lump on the side of her head, a split upper lip, black bruises over the top of her vagina and several bruises on her right buttock. The woman has admitted to giving her consent to be strangled unconscious.
The case says the woman instigated rough sex with reference to a text message sent between their first and second meeting. In the text message, which became a central part of the August hearing, the woman invited Bauer to “give all the pain”.
The suit also says the woman “had no visible marks or bruises on her face or body other than a slightly swollen lip” when she left Bauer’s house after the second meeting on May 16.
The lawsuit also accuses one of the woman’s lawyers, Fred Thiagarajah, of defamation after he told the Washington Post after the district attorney’s rejection that Bauer “just brutalized” the woman and that the behavior she claimed was determined with “100 percent certainty. . “
Over the past two months, while MLB continued its investigation, Bauer’s lawyers filed defamation cases against two media outlets, saying that Deadspin deliberately published false information in its coverage of sexual assault allegations and that The Athletic was “campaigning for malicious to target and harass “Bauer.
Bauer’s attorneys also sued the Pasadena Police Department for missing phone records from the San Diego woman, writing in a lawsuit that “the desired material will further reveal the petitioner’s plan to ruin the respondent’s reputation and career and earn a large paycheck by making fake and misleading allegations in her petition. “
However, during a hearing on April 4, Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman of the LA County Superior Court – which ruled in favor of Bauer in August – ruled that the jug would not be familiar with the woman’s phone records, saying his lawyers did not file the correct case, and that the judge would nevertheless have been skeptical of an argument that the records would help them show that the woman misled the legal process and had to pay her legal fees.