Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer, who has been on paid administrative leave since July 2 after a San Diego woman accused him of sexual assault in a civil case, had a legal victory Thursday when a Judge dismissed a request for a permanent restraining order for the wanted woman against Bauer.
LA County Superior Court Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman’s ruling concluded a four-day hearing into the temporary restraining order against Bauer that the woman initially received on June 29.
As part of the woman’s initial request for the “ex parte” domestic violence temporary restraining order, she signed a statement under penalty of perjury in which she brought numerous charges against Bauer – including that Bauer strangled her during sex until she passed out during two separate sexual encounters at Bauer’s home in Pasadena; that Bauer had anal sex with her without her consent; and that Bauer punched her in the face during sex and elsewhere on her body. She was hospitalized for some of her injuries which she said were the result of encounters with Bauer.
As the 27-year-old spoke in the civil hearing this week – for both direct and cross-examination – Bauer invoked her Fifth Amendment on Thursday. According to an ESPN report, Gould-Saltman called the photographs of the woman, which showed visible injuries allegedly inflicted by Bauer, “terrible”. But the judge also ruled that Bauer did not pose a future threat to the woman.
“If she set limits and (Bauer) exceeded them, this case would have been clear,” Gould-Saltman said, according to ESPN. “But she set limits without considering all the consequences, and the respondent did not exceed the limits that the petitioner set.”
The temporary “ex parte” restraining order was initially filed by the woman in a civil court without corroboration.
Lisa Helfend Meyer, an attorney for the San Diego woman, said in a statement: “While our client is disappointed with the judge’s decision, she is hopeful that Mr. Bauer voluntarily seeks the help he needs to make sure. that no other woman in a romantic relationship with him suffers the same traumatic fate as she does. That’s why she was ready to come forward and endure the victim’s blame from Mr. Bauer which she knew would inevitably result. Protecting not only herself but also other women from the hands of this struggling man has always been a priority – and will continue to be.
After the hearing was over, Shawn Holley and Jon Fetterolf, Bauer’s attorneys, made the following statement (a statement Holley repeated outside the courthouse, with Fetterolf and Bauer by his side): “We We are grateful to the Los Angeles Superior Court for dismissing the request for a permanent restraining order and the dissolution of the temporary restraining order against Mr. Bauer today. While we have expected this outcome since the filing of the motion in June, we appreciate that the Court has considered all of the relevant information and testimony to make this informed decision.
Fetterolf had said in a June 29 statement that Bauer “had a brief and completely consensual sexual relationship initiated by [the San Diego woman] from April 2021.
Bauer, 30, remains the subject of a criminal investigation by Pasadena Police – a department spokeswoman confirmed the ongoing investigation but declined to comment further – as Major League Baseball leads a separate investigation into Bauer. He was neither arrested nor charged.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has the power to suspend any player the league deems to have violated the Common Policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse, even if no charges are laid or the player is not condemned.
The common policy was implemented in 2015. A league source said MLB would likely wait until the end of the criminal investigation before making a decision on Bauer. Another baseball source said Bauer could receive a long suspension from MLB – possibly up to a year. Any player suspended by the league for alleged policy violations can challenge their sanction.
Ahead of the California civil hearing on the temporary restraining order, the Washington post released a report that an Ohio woman applied for a temporary protection order against Bauer last year “after repeated threats from” the pitcher. Bauer played for the Cincinnati Reds in 2020, the same season he won the National League Cy Young Award. the Washington post The report states that the woman voluntarily denied the request for a protection order on July 23, 2020.
Bauer had been silent since the California woman’s accusations went public, and the pitcher had relied on his agents, Fetterolf and Rachel Luba, to speak on his behalf following his administrative leave. But according to the Washington post report, Bauer released a lengthy statement in an Aug. 14 tweet.
“Although I have allowed my representatives to speak on my behalf for the past six weeks, I can no longer remain silent,” part of Bauer’s tweet said. The launcher said in a statement attached to this August 14 tweet that the Washington post the story was “salacious” and that the woman from Ohio “not only harassed and physically assaulted me, but also tried to extort millions of dollars from me last year in return for her refusal to make false statements “.
Fetterolf and Luba called the Ohio woman’s petition for a protection order “bogus,” in a statement Bauer also attached to her Aug. 14 tweet. Bauer’s agents said he had a “totally consensual, intermittent relationship” with the Ohio woman from 2o16-2019.
the Washington post the story referred to a 2017 police report the newspaper said it obtained that contained information about an incident at Bauer’s Ohio apartment (he played for the Cleveland Indians in 2017). the To post The article said the police report shows the Ohio woman “attempted to show officers photos of eye injuries that she said were caused by Bauer … There is no indication in the (police) report of what, if any, the police did to investigate his allegations.
“We support the Washington Post’s information regarding the assault and harassment committed during this relationship by Mr. Bauer; However, this false account of the extortion must stop, ”said Joseph Darwal, attorney at Obral, Silk & Pal, LLC, which represents the Ohio woman. “Sir. Bauer’s representatives were the first to raise any kind of monetary claim. Even after being rejected by our client because she had no intention of seeking monetary damages, they persisted. It was only after again asking lawyer Timothy Hess to provide a dollar amount, in writing, that this extortion charge was brought forward.
Attorney Timothy Hess had previously represented the Ohio woman, according to the Washington post.
Darwal said in a separate statement that his client is “helping” MLB with their investigation of Bauer. “The MLB is to be applauded for its handling of this investigation,” said Darwal. “Although they might not have known our client’s story prior to the tragic events in California, their approach is both thorough and respectful. ”
Kendra Barkoff, spokesperson for the Ohio woman, said in response to Thursday’s ruling in California: “It’s 2021 and the courts are still stacked against women who have been sexually assaulted. Women should feel safe going to the police to report an assault and expect the courts to protect them, without fear that they will be ignored. As a society, we have to do better.
ESPN reported Thursday that Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended until August 27. Bauer is in the first year of a three-year, $ 102 million contract with the Dodgers.