Attorneys for Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer attempted Tuesday to counter allegations that a woman had sexually abused her by posting text messages the woman exchanged with Bauer and others.
Bauer was given a leave of absence from Major League Baseball in June after the woman received an injunction against him and her assault allegations became public. When applying for the injunction, the woman admitted in court files that she consented to sex with Bauer, but accused him of going well beyond her comfort zone, choking her unconscious and then abusing her one night in May. She also claims he sodomized her without her consent at an earlier encounter in April, according to court records.
Bauer’s legal team had aggressively challenged the allegations, claiming that all encounters between them were consensual. The texts were filed publicly in the Los Angeles County Superior Court when Bauer, 30, objected to the woman’s motion for an injunction against him.
It is unclear how many texts exist between the two and how Bauer’s legal team selected the ones that it put on the court record.
The texts contain messages the woman exchanged after meeting Bauer and a friend in April, in which the woman said she enjoyed being with Bauer and expressed interest in seeing him again.
But the news also discusses the injuries the woman allegedly sustained from Bauer’s hand.
In an exchange of text between the woman and her cousin after the incident in May, she included a photo of her injured face.
In response to the photo, the cousin wrote: “As long as it’s consensual, I don’t have to kill him.”
The woman replied: “It was amicable, but I didn’t like the two black eyes ?? See, he took it too far (definitely). don’t you think lol. “
The Times does not identify the woman based on the nature of her allegations against Bauer.
Bryan Freedman, an attorney for the woman, dismissed the new file, claiming that “Mr. Bauer’s defense team intentionally changed the tone of the text messages exchanged with an attack victim within hours of being attacked in order to minimize the lasting impact on their physical and mental well-being to this day. “
In a statement, he added: “In any event, the law is extraordinarily clear: the victim’s supposed ‘consent’ is not a defense against bodily harm and harm, especially when it comes to bodily harm, but to be clear, the victim wasn’t with it I agree to be punched in the face, in the head, in the buttocks or repeatedly in the vagina. “
Bauer was neither arrested nor charged with a crime. Pasadena police said they are currently investigating the woman’s allegations.
In her application for a restraining order, Bauer’s prosecutor wrote that he strangled her to the point in May where she passed out and slapped her face so hard that she fractured her face.
“I remember it vividly as it was very terrifying and painful,” the woman wrote in her affidavit requesting the injunction. When she regained consciousness, she said she had “excruciating pain behind both of my ears” and “tasted blood in my mouth.”
A few days later, she said, she had two black eyes, a swollen jaw and cheekbones, a split lip, and bruises near her vagina, gums and head. Pictures of her face, included on the court record, show bruising under her eyes and a scab on her lip, and swelling on her jaw and cheekbones.
The day after Bauer’s encounter in May, the woman said in court records, a friend took her to Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in San Diego. She said she had her brain, face and neck scanned and told hospital doctors and psychiatrists what happened. The woman “appears to have suffered significant head and face trauma,” the records show.
However, Bauer’s attorney Shawn Holley claimed in a court filing Tuesday the text messages provided a clearer sense of the woman’s relationship with Bauer.
After Bauer’s representatives published previous texts, Freedman said that “any suggestion that she was not the victim of an attack is not only false and defamatory, but actually continues the abuse.”
Bauer is on paid administrative leave until Friday. Any extension requires the approval of the league and the players’ association. He’s the highest-paid pitcher in Major League Baseball this season and has been a dependable pitcher for the Dodgers all season. His absence hampered the Dodgers’ starting rotation until July 30 when they acted against Max Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner who will make up for Bauer’s absence.
The Dodgers have already removed all of Bauer’s name from their stores, and none of the players has publicly endorsed Bauer since the allegations became known.
The Times employee Steve Henson contributed to this report.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 at (800) 656-4673.
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