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Trevor Bauer seeking to have accuser pay his legal fees

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Trevor Bauer scored a legal victory in court back in August when a judge denied a restraining order request from a woman who accused the star pitcher of sexual assault. Bauer now wants the woman to face financial consequences.

According to court documents reviewed by Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Bauer is planning to ask a California court to order the woman who accused him of sexual assault to cover his legal costs associated with defending himself. Bauer filed a notice in Los Angeles Superior Court on Sept. 20, but he has not yet asked for a specific amount of money. The filing states that he will defer his request until he receives the woman’s telephone records from the Pasadena Police Department.

In the filing, Bauer accuses the woman of using the restraining order process “gain publicity and harm [Bauer’s] career.” The Los Angeles Dodgers star argues that phone records obtained by Pasadena police during their investigation will show that the alleged victim “deliberately and systematically deleted and hid much information relevant to a full and complete understanding of her encounters with Mr. Bauer, including communications with her closest friends that revealed her improper motive.”

As Shaikin notes, California Family Code states that a court can order attorney fees to be paid to the prevailing party in a restraining order case. Bauer prevailed in the case, as a judge ruled in August that the temporary restraining order obtained by the accuser was not warranted and denied the woman’s request for a long-term restraining order.

Bauer’s representatives previously provided text messages to Larry Brown Sports that they say help prove the pitcher’s innocence. You can see those screenshots here.

Allegations from a second woman have since been uncovered, and Bauer has vehemently denied those as well. He shared a series of text messages that he says prove his innocence.

The case now resides with the district attorney, who will decide whether to pursue charges against Bauer.

Bauer last pitched for the Dodgers on June 28. He was placed on paid administrative leave after that. He would have been eligible for the postseason, but reports have said his teammates don’t want him back under any circumstance.

Trevor Bauer’s reps issue statement after he is declared out for season

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Trevor Bauer is done for the 2021 season as expected. The announcement was made official on Friday.

MLB and the MLBPA jointly agreed to extend Bauer’s paid administrative leave through the end of the 2021 season.

Bauer recently scored a legal victory when his accuser’s request for a restraining order against the pitcher was denied. However, the case now resides with the district attorney, who will decide whether to pursue charges against Bauer.

As his case is still pending, the sides decided it would be best to continue having him on leave.

Bauer’s agents issued a statement regarding the news.

“Today Mr. Bauer agreed to extend his administrative leave through the playoffs in a measure of good faith and in an effort to minimize any distraction to the Dodgers organization and his teammates. He continues to cooperate with the MLB investigation and refute the baseless allegations against him.

“Again, by definition administrative leave is neither a disciplinary action nor does it in any way reflect a finding in the league’s investigation,” Bauer’s agents said.

In order to be eligible for the postseason, a player has to be on an active roster by Aug. 31. Though he is not on the active roster, Bauer would have been eligible for the Dodgers’ postseason due to being on paid administrative leave. However, reports have said Dodgers teammates don’t want Bauer back under any circumstance.

The combination of his case being pending and Dodgers players not wanting him back made the decision to keep him on paid leave the most sensical. The question is whether Bauer will be on a team next season. The Dodgers will probably take the offseason to try and get rid of Bauer. But will another team be ready to give him a chance? Maybe in five or six months a team will decide to sign Bauer despite the public relations hit, but it’s possible his absence from MLB will continue into next season.

Trevor Bauer’s leave extended as he awaits district attorney decision

Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer has not pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers since June 28, and the right-hander is highly unlikely to play again this season.

As expected, Bauer had his administrative leave extended for another 10 days on Friday. This is the eighth time Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to extend the leave. The league’s domestic violence policy allows for a seven-day leave initially, but the MLBPA has agreed to it being extended several times now.

Bauer is already ineligible to be included on the Dodgers’ postseason roster. He would have had to return by Aug. 31 for that.

Bauer was investigated by police for a possible assault of a woman with whom he had two sexual encounters earlier this year. Bauer has said both encounters were consensual. The Pasadena Police Department completed its investigation last week and turned over its findings to the district attorney’s department. The DA will now review the case to determine if charges will be filed.

The woman accusing Bauer of assault sought and was granted in June an ex parte restraining order against the pitcher. An ex parte restraining order means the request was granted based on her story, and without a response from Bauer. Bauer had a court hearing last month and a judge dissolved the ex parte restraining order and denied the accuser’s request for a permanent restraining order.

Pasadena Police Department completes Trevor Bauer investigation

Trevor Bauer

Police have completed their investigation into assault allegations against Trevor Bauer, and it is now up to prosecutors to determine if the Los Angeles Dodgers star should be charged with a crime.

The Pasadena Police Department handed over its findings in the Bauer investigation to the district attorney’s office on Friday, according to Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic. The DA will now decide whether to file the case or throw it out.

Bauer was investigated by police for a possible assault of a woman with whom he had two sexual encounters earlier this year. Bauer has said both encounters were consensual. The 30-year-old is also being investigated by Major League Baseball and has been on paid administrative leave. MLB extended his leave for another week on Friday, which means Bauer will not be eligible to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the postseason.

The woman accusing Bauer of assault sought and was granted in June an ex parte restraining order against the pitcher. An ex parte restraining order means the request was granted based on her story, and without a response from Bauer. Bauer had a court hearing last week and a judge dissolved the ex parte restraining order and denied the accuser’s request for a permanent restraining order.

MLB could eventually punish Bauer even if he is not charged. For now, the league and MLB Players Association feel it is best to have him on administrative leave. We recently explained why we do not believe Bauer will pitch again this season.

Trevor Bauer ineligible for playoffs after having leave extended again

Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer has almost certainly thrown his last pitch of the 2021 season. At the very least, we will not be seeing the right-hander in the playoffs.

Bauer had his paid administrative leave extended for a seventh time on Friday, so he will be away from the Los Angeles Dodgers through at least Sept. 3. That also means Bauer will not be eligible to be on the team’s postseason roster, as he would have had to return by Aug. 31 for that.

Bauer last pitched on June 28. He is being investigated by both the Pasadena (Calif.) Police Department and MLB for a possible assault of a woman with whom he had two sexual encounters earlier this year. Bauer has said both encounters were consensual.

The woman accusing Bauer of assault sought and was granted in June an ex parte restraining order against the pitcher. An ex parte restraining order means the request was granted based on her story, and without a response from Bauer. Bauer had a court hearing last week and a judge dissolved the ex parte restraining order and denied the accuser’s request for a permanent restraining order.

MLB could eventually punish Bauer regardless of what happens with his legal situation. For now, the league and MLB Players Association feel it is best to have him on administrative leave. We recently explained why we do not believe Bauer will pitch again this season.

When will Trevor Bauer be back to pitch in MLB?

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Trevor Bauer received a legal victory on Thursday, and that has some wondering when the pitcher will make a return to MLB.

Bauer is being investigated by both the Pasadena (Calif.) Police Department and MLB for a possible assault of a woman with whom he had two sexual encounters earlier this year (in April and May). There is no update yet on the status of either investigation. However, there was an update Thursday on the restraining order portion of the matter.

The woman accusing Bauer of assault sought and was granted in June an ex parte restraining order against the pitcher. An ex parte restraining order means the request was granted based on her story, and without a response from Bauer. Bauer finally had his court hearing about the situation, and the judge ruled on Thursday in his favor.

LA Superior Court judge Dianna Gould-Saltman dissolved the ex parte restraining order and denied the request for a permanent restraining order. Gould-Saltman declared that the two sexual encounters were consensual. She also said that what the woman thought was a boundary, and what the woman communicated to Bauer, were two different things. Gould-Saltman determined that Bauer respected the clear boundaries the woman communicated to him.

Gould-Saltman denied the restraining order because she also did not determine Bauer posed a threat to the woman. The pitcher had not contacted the woman for a month prior to her seeking the restraining order.

“We are grateful to the Los Angeles Superior Court for denying the request for a permanent restraining order and dissolving the temporary restraining order against Mr. Bauer today. While we have expected this outcome since the petition was filed in June, we appreciate the Court reviewing all relevant information and testimony to make this informed decision,” Bauer’s attorneys Shawn Holley and Jon Fetterolf said in a statement.

Those are the facts so far. Below we are moving into opinion-based speculation about the matter.

If those were Gould-Saltman’s reasons for denying the restraining order, we doubt that the Pasadena Police Department will move forward with charges against Bauer. If the judge did not find that the woman clearly communicated to Bauer that he was crossing a line, and she found that Bauer respected the boundaries the woman did set, then the police and any prosecutor will likely have a difficult time proving he committed a crime.

Bauer already has defeated the request for a restraining order. Next, the police will likely say they are not charging Bauer with a crime. From there, it will be up to MLB to see whether they punish Bauer. The league could punish him for engaging in violent behavior with the woman, regardless of whether the behavior was consensual or not.

My guess is that whatever happens, Bauer will not pitch again this season. The Dodgers already seemed to hint that Bauer will not be back with them. He would have to be in a team’s organization by Aug. 31 to be eligible for the postseason, and he is just running out of time to be able to pitch again this season.

First, Bauer’s paid administrative leave period, which is running through Aug. 20, would have to end. The administrative leave probably will not end until the police and/or MLB conclude their investigations. Then Bauer would have to resume a throwing program to ramp up to pitch again, which could take some time. But none of that will even matter if the Dodgers don’t want him on the team.

My guess is they will probably trade or cut him over the offseason. Bauer then likely won’t pitch again until next season. And he probably won’t find a new team for several months, after a good portion of the negative attention from the allegations have passed.

Bauer has been receiving pay while out on administrative leave. He is in the first season of a 3-year, $102 million contract he signed with the Dodgers prior to the season.

Trevor Bauer accuser denied request for long-term restraining order

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A judge ruled in Trevor Bauer’s favor on Thursday in a hearing to determine whether a woman who accused the Los Angeles Dodgers star of assault would be granted a restraining order.

The woman, who said Bauer assaulted her during two sexual encounters at her home earlier this year, was granted an ex parte restraining order in June. On Tuesday, Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman ruled that the restraining order was not warranted and denied the alleged victim’s request for a long-term restraining order.

“When she set boundaries, [Bauer] respected them. … If she set limits and he exceeded them, this case would be clear,” Gould-Saltman told the court, via Steve Henson of the Los Angeles Times. “But he did not exceed limits she set.”

The woman argued that Bauer choked her unconscious and punched during sex without her consent. Bauer’s legal team presented a series of text messages that were exchanged between Bauer and the woman that led Gould-Saltman to conclude that what the woman thought and what she communicated to Bauer were not the same.

Bauer also had no contact with the woman for a month leading up to her request for a restraining order.

Bauer’s representatives previously provided text messages to Larry Brown Sports that they say help prove the pitcher’s innocence. You can see those screenshots here.

Allegations from a second woman have since been uncovered, and Bauer has vehemently denied those as well. He shared a series of text messages recently that he says prove his innocence.

Bauer, who has not pitched since June 28, is on paid administrative leave through at least Aug. 20.

Trevor Bauer releases text messages to defend himself against latest allegation

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Trevor Bauer is facing another round of assault allegations after a new story was published over the weekend, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher has once again vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

According to Gus Garcia-Roberts and Molly Hensley-Clancy of the Washington Post, an Ohio woman sought a protection order against Bauer in June 2020. Photos obtained by the Post show the woman with a bruised face and bloody eyes, which the woman’s attorney claims were caused by Bauer choking and punching her during sex without her consent.

A police report from 2017 also showed that the woman attempted to show officers injuries to her eyes that she claimed were caused by Bauer. Bauer contacted police, accusing the woman of assaulting him and then refusing to leave. When police arrived, they found the woman noticeably intoxicated, while Bauer alleged she had struck him and showed officers scratches on his arm as evidence. Bauer declined to press charges.

Bauer released a statement in response to the Washington Post story. He said the woman harassed and physically assaulted him and attempted to extort him for $3.4 million last year to “remain silent.” Bauer then provided screenshots of a lengthy text message conversation he had with the woman in which she wanted to drive to meet with him in Cincinnati. He refused, but she says she drove four hours in an attempt to see him anyway. Bauer repeatedly declined to meet with the woman and eventually booked her a hotel room when she said she was on the verge of a panic attack and had nowhere to stay.

Bauer said he sent the screenshots to the Washington Post for their story but they were ignored. You can see them below:

The allegations were similar to the ones from a different woman that have led to Bauer being placed on administrative leave. Bauer’s representatives previously provided text messages to Larry Brown Sports that they say help prove the pitcher’s innocence in that case. You can see those screenshots here.

In a recent court filing, Bauer’s lawyers said the initial woman who accused the right-hander of assault may have edited images that she claimed showed the injuries Bauer inflicted on her.

Bauer, who has not pitched since June 28, is on paid administrative leave through at least Aug. 20.

Report: Trevor Bauer was subject of second protection order

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer was the subject of a temporary protection order sought by a different woman in 2020, according to a new report.

According to Gus Garcia-Roberts and Molly Hensley-Clancy of the Washington Post, an Ohio woman sought a protection order against Bauer in June 2020. Photos obtained by the Post show the woman with a bruised face and bloody eyes, which the woman’s attorney claims was caused by Bauer choking and punching her during sex without her consent. Those allegations are similar to those made by a different woman this year, which led to Bauer being placed on leave by the Dodgers and becoming the subject of a police investigation.

The Post also obtained a police report dating to August 2017, in which the Ohio woman attempted to show officers injuries to her eyes she claimed were caused by Bauer. Bauer contacted police, accusing the woman of assaulting him and then refusing to leave. When police arrived, they found the woman noticeably intoxicated, while Bauer alleged she had struck him and showed officers scratches on his arm as evidence. Bauer declined to press charges.

The woman, who was described by the Post as “an adult but not of legal drinking age,” was ultimately arrested for underage drinking. During the episode, she attempted to show officers pictures on her phone that depicted her with red eyes, which she alleged were caused by Bauer on a previous occasion. The Post viewed pictures that the woman’s attorney claimed were the same ones she had attempted to show police, and that they depicted the corners of her eyes filled with blood up to her irises.

The Post also obtained numerous text messages Bauer allegedly sent the woman. “I don’t feel like spending time in jail for killing someone, and that’s what would happen if I saw you again,” he allegedly wrote in one.

In 2020, the woman ultimately dismissed the protection order after Bauer’s attorneys threatened legal action. She later drafted a civil suit against Bauer, but never filed it.

Bauer’s attorney Jon Fetterolf and agent Rachel Luba issued a statement denying the allegations, describing the woman’s attempt to obtain a restraining order as part of a “pattern of threatening behavior toward Mr. Bauer after numerous requests for her to cease contact.” They also questioned the authenticity of the alleged text messages between Bauer and the woman, despite the fact that Fetterolf pointed to one of the messages to defend Bauer when corresponding with the woman’s attorney last year.

Bauer himself issued a statement on Twitter after the Post story broke, in which he accused the newspaper of “attempting to contact hundreds of female friends and acquaintances … in an attempt to create a false narrative.” He also accused the Post of ignoring information provided by his lawyers “to run a salacious story disseminating defamatory statements, false information, and baseless allegations from a woman who has not only harassed and physically assaulted me but who also attempted to extort me for millions of dollars last year in exchange for her not coming forward with false claims.”

Bauer and his attorneys have made similar accusations about the woman accusing him of sexual assault in California. That case is still being investigated by both Major League Baseball and by the Pasadena Police Department, which has suggested that the investigation is larger than expected. These separate allegations may have something to do with that.

Bauer, who has not pitched since June 28, is on paid administrative leave through at least August 20.

Trevor Bauer’s attorneys say accuser edited photos showing her alleged injuries

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Trevor Bauer’s legal team says the woman who has accused the Los Angeles Dodgers star of sexual assault may have edited images that she claims showed the injuries Bauer inflicted on her.

Bauer has been accused of assault by a woman with whom he had two sexual encounters earlier this year. The woman was granted an ex parte restraining order, and Bauer’s team is fighting to have a permanent restraining order denied. In new court documents that were obtained by TMZ, Bauer’s lawyers say that photos the woman provided in her request for a temporary restraining order in June “appear to be edited or filtered in a manner to give a misleading or false impression of her injuries.”

Bauer’s lawyers also claim there are text messages and emails from the accuser to her friends that indicate she was not assaulted and simply wanted to end Bauer’s MLB career. They point to the fact that the woman said in a text message after filing for the restraining order that she hoped Bauer would “offer me major cash then make me sign an nda.”

In a statement issued last week, Bauer’s attorneys reiterated that the two sexual encounters between Bauer and the woman were consensual. They also said the accuser omitted key messages in her attempt to obtain a restraining order.

“Relevant and previously omitted messages from the woman were attached as an exhibit to a routine motion to strike a so-called expert the Petitioner has proposed to testify on the issue of consent,” the statement read. “Second, while Mr. Bauer has stated from the outset that the two encounters he had with this woman were wholly consensual, he unequivocally denies the allegations in her affidavit regarding both of their encounters. The woman’s statements are highly inaccurate and not reflective of what occurred during their two meetings, as the woman’s own text messages with Mr. Bauer and others clearly attest.”

Bauer’s representatives previously provided text messages to Larry Brown Sports that they say help prove the pitcher’s innocence. You can see those screenshots here.

Bauer has been on paid administrative leave for several weeks now, calling into question whether he will pitch again this season.