LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Diego woman who alleges Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer beat and sexually assaulted her denied that any of the charges were “false, fabricated or false,” his attorneys said in a court filing.
Bauer denied abusing the woman he met on social media. He sued her for defamation in April, claiming she lied about details of their sexual encounters in order to destroy his reputation and career while enriching herself. After he sued, Major League Baseball suspended Bauer for two years.
Bauer said he had consensual rough sex with the woman, but did nothing to warrant a suspension.
The Associated Press does not usually name people who claim to be victims of sexual assault.
The woman’s response was filed earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. In it, she denied allegations that she made a “false, misleading or defamatory police report” and denied altering or filtering photographs when seeking a restraining order in June 2021.
The woman admits she texted a friend about ‘going to Europe when she was a wealthy baseball wife’. However, she denied that she intended to destroy Bauer’s reputation or career or exploit him for money, although she admits “she was angry with the plaintiff because he ‘had sexually assaulted’.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge refused to grant the restraining order, saying the woman had been “substantially misleading” in part of her application. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office declined to press charges against Bauer.
Fred Thiagarajah, one of the woman’s attorneys, is included in Bauer’s libel suit. He is seeking to have the Bauer case dismissed against him.
Bauer is also suing two media outlets for defamation for their coverage of the allegations.
Bauer is appealing his suspension by MLB. There is no timetable for a decision.
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