August 16, 2021

Bauer Accused Of Punching And Choking A Second Woman (Who Also Asked For A Protection Order)

A California woman who says Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer sexually and physically assaulted her earlier this year and had received a restraining order against him testified on Monday about the alleged assaults. The woman, who will be cross-examined tomorrow, is seeking a five-year restraining order.

MLB and the players' association have agreed to extend (for a fifth time) Bauer’s paid administrative leave, to August 20. Bauer has been on paid leave since July 2.

Last weekend, the Washington Post reported that Bauer had a previous protection order taken out against him, in Ohio in June 2020, regarding incidents in 2017 and 2018 that sound remarkably similar to the more recent claims in California:

An Ohio woman sought the order in June 2020 after repeated threats from the then-Cincinnati Reds pitcher, according to her lawyer and records separately obtained by The Post. Photographs independently obtained by The Post also show bruises on the woman's face and blood in her eyes, which her attorney said were caused by Bauer punching and choking her during sex without consent. Those allegations are similar to ones made by a woman in Los Angeles this summer when she applied for a temporary restraining order.

A police report obtained by The Post shows that in 2017, during an incident at Bauer's apartment, the Ohio woman attempted to show officers photos of injuries to her eyes that she said were caused by Bauer, who played for the Cleveland Indians at the time. The police arrested her for underage drinking. (The woman was an adult but not of legal drinking age; The Post is not specifying her age in order to not disclose identifying details.) There is no indication in the report of what, if anything, police did to investigate her allegations.

The Post also obtained copies of messages Bauer allegedly sent the woman, which her lawyers said prompted her to seek an order of protection. "I don't feel like spending time in jail for killing someone," reads one. "And that's what would happen if I saw you again." . . .

In an interview, Timothy Hess, the Cleveland lawyer who filed for the order of protection on the woman's behalf, said she sought it because of threats Bauer sent her, including that he would disseminate a video of them having sex to a member of the woman's family. . . .

The records shed light on the aggressive tactics Bauer's lawyers and agents have used to rebut his accusers in Ohio and now California, where the accuser's claims include that Bauer sexually assaulted and punched her after choking her unconscious during sex.

In a filing Tuesday in Los Angeles, Bauer's attorneys claimed the California woman requested the temporary restraining order in an effort to win a financial settlement from the pitcher. Bauer's attorneys previously made the same arguments about the Ohio woman . . .

The Post also obtained copies of messages allegedly from Bauer to the Ohio woman. In one undated Snapchat message, Bauer allegedly wrote: "Like the only reason I'd ever consider seeing you again is to choke you unconscious punch you in the face shove my first up your a-- skull f--- you and kick you out naked. And obviously I would never do something like that to anyone. So cant even enjoy the one thing I sometimes enjoyed with you." . . .

[The Ohio woman] sought the restraining order in part "to protect [herself] against his continued vile threats against her body as well as to prevent him from disseminating photographs and videos of her, which he also threatened on numerous occasions."

Those threats included him suggesting he would send a video of them having sex to one of her family members . . . The Post obtained a copy of that text message, in which Bauer allegedly wrote, "I'd really hate for him to see a video of you getting f---ed."

Bauer's lawyers claim the woman is attempting to extort money from the pitcher, but the Post reported that the emails it possesses indicate that it was Bauer's attorneys who first mentioned the subject of money, suggesting the possibility of a financial settlement (paying the woman to keep silent) and asking her lawyers to put a dollar amount in writing.

Bauer tweeted a statement on Saturday, calling the Post's report a "false narrative". On Monday, Bauer's lawyers accused the California woman of editing or manipulating the pictures of her injuries to make them look worse.

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