Woman who accuses Trevor Bauer of rape sues him for defamation

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LOS ANGELES — A San Diego woman who alleges Trevor Bauer sexually assaulted her has filed a countersuit to her defamation lawsuit, alleging that the pitcher of the Dodgers he beat her and left her with bruises, according to a court filing.

Bauer has denied abusing the woman he met through social media. He sued her for defamation in April, claiming that she lied about details related to her sexual encounters to destroy her reputation and career while she grew rich.

Major League Baseball has suspended Bauer for two years, a decision made after Bauer sued the woman. Bauer has said that he had consensual rough sex with the woman, but did nothing to warrant a suspension.

The woman’s assault claim filed Tuesday in US District Court in Los Angeles again alleges Bauer beat and strangled her twice during sex in 2021.

Bauer’s attorneys released a statement Thursday noting a Los Angeles Superior Court judge’s decision last year to deny the woman a restraining order. The judge said she had been “considerably misleading” in part of her application.

“She ‘materially misled’ the court and failed to meet the lowest burden of proof in our justice system, because her claims were false,” attorneys Shawn Holley and Jon Fetterolf said. “She is being sued for defamation to be held accountable for her lies and the damage she has caused. Her countersuit is a regurgitation of her judicially refuted claims and another attempt… to defame Mr. Bauer and try to profit from his lies.”

The woman’s lawsuit says her life “has been turned into a nightmare by a powerful man who mercilessly abused her and counted on facing no consequences for his despicable conduct.” After an encounter, the woman ended up with two black eyes, according to the file.

The lawsuit calls for a jury trial and unspecified damages.

In her response to Bauer’s defamation lawsuit, the woman denied her attorneys’ accusations that she made a “false, misleading or defamatory police report” and denied altering or leaking photographs when applying for a restraining order in June 2021.

The woman denied having a plan to destroy Bauer’s reputation or career or exploit him for money, although she admits she “was angry with the plaintiff because he had sexually assaulted her.”

The Los Angeles district attorney’s office declined to file criminal charges against Bauer.

Bauer, who is also suing two media outlets for defamation over their coverage of the allegations, is appealing his suspension by MLB. There is no timetable for a sentence.