Trevor Bauer likely won’t pitch for the remainder of the season and possibly the postseason due to his ongoing legal case.
A woman filed a temporary restraining order against Bauer in late June alleging physical and sexual assault, but new documents were filed by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s defense team showing text messages of the woman admitting one encounter was consensual.
The unnamed woman accusing Trevor Bauer of sexual assault texted her cousin following an intimate encounter with the pitcher, writing he went “too far” by giving her “two black eyes.”
“As long as it is consensual, I don’t have to kill him,” the woman’s cousin reportedly wrote back.
“It was consensual, but I didn’t like the two black eyes ?? Look, he (definitely) took it too far. don’t you think lol,” she wrote to her cousin, according to documents filed by Bauer’s lawyers and obtained by the L.A. Times.
The exchange took place after a night in May, the second encounter between them.
“Mr. Bauer’s defense team is deliberately twisting the tone of text messages exchanged with an assault victim within hours of her being attacked to try to minimize the long-lasting impact on her physical and mental well-being to this day,” the accuser’s attorney Bryan Freedman, responded in court documents.
He later told the publication: “In case after case, the law is extraordinarily clear: supposed ‘consent’ of the victim is not a defense to assault and battery, especially when it results in bodily harm, but, to be clear, this victim did not consent to be punched in her face, punched in her head, punched in her buttocks or repeatedly punched in her vagina.”
Freedman soon asked TMZ Sports to publish an unredacted photograph showing his client’s injuries from the encounter.
“Look at this picture. No one — absolutely no one — can consent to this, logically or legally. Trevor Bauer’s team continues to try to abuse an assault victim. They need to stop. Now.”
The alleged victim and her family requested this photo be released, per Freedman.
The woman alleged in a temporary restraining order request that Bauer performed multiple instances of nonconsensual physical abuse, including strangling her to the point of unconsciousness, hitting her in the face, and anally penetrating her without consent.
Bauer is expected to appear in court for an evidentiary hearing on August 16.