A third woman has come out and accused Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Trevor Bauer of sexual assault. In an interview published by The Washington Post on April 29, 2022, the woman, who asked not to be named, choking her unconscious without her consent dozens of times during their years-long sexual relationship, which spanned from 2013 to 2019.
In the interview with The Post, the woman said that she first met Bauer via a dating app in 2013, while he was pitching for the Columbus Clippers, the minor league team of The Cleveland Indians. The woman stated that the pitcher initially choked her to the point of unconsciousness without them discussing it at first, later telling him that she was ok with being choked to a “certain point” - before she passed out.
The woman also alleged that during their years-long sexual relationship, Bauer would only let go of her neck in two circumstances: when she, “got pissed and was like desperate about it” or if she blacked out. In the latter case, the woman claimed that it occurred around a dozen times.
Although he declined to be interviewed for The Washington Post Story, Bauer released a video statement on Twitter to denounce the accusations made by the third woman, stating: “The incidents she detailed to the Washington Post -- and specifically the one that involved non-consensual choking in which she claims to have convulsed and woken up on a hotel floor -- absolutely never occurred, in any capacity. Additionally, at no point during sex or otherwise did I ever hit her."
The accusations come just hours after Major League Baseball (“MLB”) handed out a 324-game suspension without pay to Pitcher Trevor Bauer of the Los Angeles Dodgers for violating the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy.
In the same article, The Post also noted that the third accuser spoke with the MLB as part of its lengthy investigation before the league handed out the number of games that Bauer would be banned for.
The 324-game suspension, which went into effect immediately, means that Bauer will be unable to play for two full MLB seasons. The MLB did not disclose details of its investigation due to the policy’s terms of confidentiality, and said, “It would not issue any further statements.”
In a separate statement published on Twitter, Bauer, announced his intentions of appealing the suspension, which according to ESPN, made him the first player in MLB history to contest punishment through the MLB’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy.
“In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league’s domestic violence & sexual assault policy. I am appealing this action and expect to prevail. As we have throughout this process, my representatives & I respect the confidentiality of the proceedings,” The pitcher’s social media statement read.
Bauer, 31, has not played for The Dodgers since June 2021, when a San Diego woman came forward with assault allegations against the pitcher. According to legal documents, the woman, 27-years-old at the time, requested a restraining order from Bauer, claiming that he took consensual rough sex too far over the two sexual encounters the two had in April and May 2021.
Two months later, a Los Angeles judge denied the woman a permanent restraining order. In February 2022, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office declined to file federal criminal charges against Bauer.
While Bauer was under investigation, The Washington Post reported in August 2021 that Bauer was subject of a previous restraining order in Ohio in June 2020. In this second case, the woman accused the pitcher of physical assault in 2017 and requested an order of protection against Bauer after receiving death threats from him.
Bauer has consistently denied the allegations made by all three women. In March 2022, he filed a defamation lawsuit against Deadspin, The Athletic, and Molly Knight, a former reporter for the latter publication. A month later, he filed another lawsuit, this time against his original accuser (the woman from San Diego) and one of her attorneys.
After winning the NL CY Young Award during the shortened (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) 2019-20 MLB season, Bauer signed a 3-year, $102 million contract to join the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Associated Press. "Trevor Bauer Files Lawsuit Against Woman Accusing Him of Sexual Assault." Sports Illustrated, 26 Apr. 2022, www.si.com/mlb/2022/04/26/trevor-bauer-files-lawsuit-against-woman-accusing-him-of-sexual-assault.
- CNN Sports Staff. "MLB Suspends Dodgers' Trevor Bauer for Two Seasons." CNN, 29 Apr. 2022, www.cnn.com/2022/04/29/sport/trevor-bauer-dodgers-suspension-spt/index.html.
- Garcia-Roberts, Gus. "As MLB suspends Trevor Bauer, a new accuser speaks out." The Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022, www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2022/04/29/trevor-bauer-abuse-accusations/.
- Garcia-Roberts, Gus, and Molly Hensley-Clancy. "Dodgers star Trevor Bauer, on leave amid assault probe, was subject of previous protection order." The Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2021, www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/08/14/trevor-bauer-ohio-protection-order/.
- Gonzalez, Alden. "MLB Suspends Dodgers' Bauer for Two Seasons." ESPN.com, 29 Apr. 2022, www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/33827168/los-angeles-dodgers-trevor-bauer-suspended-two-seasons.
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