Woman whose allegations of sexual harassment Trevor Bauer initiated an investigation which resulted in two year suspension The Dodgers pitcher denied that any of the allegations were “false, fabricated or bogus,” her lawyers wrote in a lawsuit this week.
In April, Bauer sued the woman for defamation, alleging that she had lied about her sexual encounters with him in order to ruin his reputation and career while enriching herself. Four days after he sued, Major League Baseball suspended him, which could cost him up to $60 million.
In her response, filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, the woman denied allegations that she made a “false, misleading, or defamatory police report” and denied that she “provided altered or filtered photographs” in her request. on a restraining order.
Specifically, the woman disputed the meaning of the text message, which neither Bauer nor the woman included in court documents. In the lawsuit, Bauer’s lawyers said the woman wrote to a friend that they “could travel to Europe together in style once she was successful in her plot to take down Mr. Bauer.” Bauer by tricking him into having more and more rough sex with her.”
In her response, the woman’s lawyers said the text message was “about a trip to Europe when she was a rich baseball wife.”
Lawyers for the woman responded this way to Bauer several times during the filing, citing various text messages that allegedly supported the conspiracy: “The defendant denies that she had a plan to destroy the plaintiff’s reputation or career or use him to get money. The defendant admits that she was angry with the plaintiff because he raped her.”
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge refused to issue a restraining order, in part finding that the woman was “substantially misleading” about part of her request. The judge also said the woman’s injuries depicted in the photographs were “terrible” but added that the woman “unequivocally wanted hard sex.”
After Los Angeles County District Attorney refused to prosecute v. Bauer, one of the woman’s lawyers, Fred Thiagaraja, told the Washington Post that “there is no doubt that Mr. Bauer just brutally beat the woman” and that the violent acts she claims happened with “100% certainty” .
Bauer said he “never attacked her in any way”.
Bauer included Thiagaraja in a defamation suit; his lawyers asked the court to dismiss Bauer’s case against him. Thiagaraja’s lawyers noted that Bauer omitted a follow-up sentence in his comments to the Post: “The question was whether she consented to the violence.”
In their response, Thiagaraja’s attorneys said Bauer resorted to “selective and deceptive” use of quotation marks and called Bauer “a star baseball player known for pitching and intimidation”.
Bauer also has filed defamation lawsuits against Athletic and dead end; both editions demanded that the suits be thrown away. Bauer is also in the process of appealing the MLB suspension, but there is no timetable for a ruling yet.
The league can suspend a player even if there are no criminal charges, and at least two other women have filed charges against Bauer in the Post. MLB did not say what evidence it believes would justify the suspension, and it’s unclear if the appeal umpire will offer an explanation of what the decision might be. Bauer said he engaged in consensual rough sex but did nothing to justify the suspension.