Trevor Bauer is not going down without a fight.
On Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher filed a lawsuit against the San Diego woman who accused him of sexual assault, claiming defamation and tortious interference while seeking unspecified monetary and punitive damages.
In the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Bauer’s attorneys say that the woman “fabricated allegations of sexual assault,” “pursued bogus criminal and civil actions,” “made false and malicious statements” and “generated a media blitz based on her lies” in an effort to “destroy” Bauer’s reputation, “garner attention for herself” and “extract millions of dollars.”
The woman claimed that Bauer took consensual rough sex too far during two encounters at his Pasadena, California, home in April and May 2021. She stated he choked her unconscious on multiple occasions, sodomized her without consent and punched her all over her body, leaving her with injuries that prompted medical attention.
She was denied a permanent restraining order. His lawsuit denied he engaged in anal sex with the woman, punched her in the face, stomach or vagina, or scratched her on her cheek or on her back, as the woman said.
“At all times during both sexual encounters,” the suit reads, “Mr. Bauer respected the boundaries established and agreed upon with [the woman].”
The suit also made references to text messages the woman sent to friends in which she seemingly bragged about a potential payout. One of text messages to Bauer invited the pitcher to “gimme all the pain.”
Bauer was placed on administrative leave last July 2 under the joint domestic violence and sexual assault policy of Major League Baseball and the players’ association. The leave has been repeatedly extended.
Bauer has continued to be paid his $32 million salary while on leave.