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Trevor Bauer will not face charges over sexual assault allegations

Trevor Bauer

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will not face criminal charges stemming from the sexual assault allegations that were made against him last summer.

Bauer did not pitch for the Dodgers after June 28. He was placed on paid administrative leave after he was accused of assaulting a woman during two separate sexual encounters last year. The woman testified in court that Bauer choked her unconscious and punched during sex without her consent. Bauer’s attorneys argued that the rough sexual encounters were “wholly consensual.” The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office reviewed the case, and TMZ reported on Tuesday that no charges will be filed.

The alleged victim was granted a temporary restraining order back in August. A judge later denied the woman’s request for a long-term restraining order. Bauer’s legal team provided text messages that they say helped prove the pitcher’s innocence. The judge who overturned the restraining order concluded that what the woman thought and what she communicated to Bauer were not the same.

Allegations from a second woman later surfaced, but Bauer has vehemently denied those as well. He shared a series of text messages recently that he says prove his innocence against those claims as well.

Bauer filed a notice in court in September seeking to have the accuser pay his legal fees.

Bauer started just 17 games for the Dodgers last season before being placed on paid administrative leave. He went 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 107 2/3 innings. The right-hander is under contract for $32 million next season with a $32 million player option for 2023.

MLB issued a statement on Tuesday saying its investigation into the allegations against Bauer remains ongoing.

Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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