LOS ANGELES – As she sat at the witness stand, the woman who accused Trevor Bauer of domestic violence and sexual assault pulled her hair around her neck to show a judge how she claims the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher strangled her unconscious.
It was one of several emotional moments that took place on the first day of a multi-day hearing to determine whether a temporary ban on Bauer will become permanent, which in California means up to five years.
The 27-year-old woman testified for about four hours in LA County Superior Court on Monday while Bauer sat quietly in his seat, keeping his attention focused on the judge in front of him. His lawyers have said the two sexual encounters between the woman and Bauer were “complete consensus” and have vowed to refute her claims “to the full extent of the law.”
The woman, who is not identified by ESPN, was still answering questions from one of her lawyers when the court ended near 4:30 p.m. PT. She will resume her testimony when the two sides meet again at 8:30 PT Tuesday. Bauer’s lawyers, who began the day seeking a third continuation, will then be given the opportunity to cross-examine. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
At one point, the woman testified that she was unable to move or speak after Bauer strangled her unconscious during their second meeting on May 16th. At the urging of her lawyer, she had pulled her hair in front of her neck to show how she said Bauer sat on her back and pulled “very tight” until she could not breathe.
Describing the other acts of violence originally outlined in the statement attached to her temporary restraining order – particularly how Bauer allegedly took a closed fist to her jaw, vagina and buttocks – the woman said: “I did not say anything to him, he did not say anything to me. It was like I was a rag doll. “
“I was scared of him,” she said at another point. “I was in so much pain.”
Bauer is currently under criminal investigation by the Pasadena Police Department (California) and is on administrative leave by Major League Baseball, which is conducting its own investigation into the alleged incidents. Bauer’s leave has been extended five separate times with the consent of the MLB Players Association; his last period expires on Friday.
Bauer, winner of the National League Cy Young Award in 2020 and the highest paid player in 2021, has been away from the Dodgers since July 2nd. The Dodgers have mostly been quiet about Bauer’s situation over the last few weeks. But in an internal email sent to hundreds of team members Monday afternoon, the copy of which was obtained by ESPN, Dodger President Stan Kasten began writing: “Over the past few months, we have all been deeply concerned about allegations that made against Trevor Bauer. “
Kasten added that the organization has chosen not to comment “in order to allow the legal process and MLB’s investigation to proceed without interference”, and later added that the organization “takes all allegations of this kind very seriously and does not tolerate or excuse acts of domestic violence. or sexual assault. “
The cast also said in the email that the team “had no knowledge of the interim restraining order issued against Bauer and sealed in Ohio, or of the allegations made in connection with that order until recent reports.” The Washington Post published a story Saturday that an Ohio woman accused Bauer of stopping and strangling her during sex in their three-year relationship and that she filed a restraining order last summer while Bauer played for the Cincinnati Reds but withdrew the request six weeks later. then. Bauer’s agents called the woman’s allegations “categorically false.”
Bauer’s lawyers began day one at the hearing asking Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman to reject the ban. Bauer’s representative, Shawn Holley, argued that the meetings did not qualify as domestic violence or an intimate relationship because the “only acts of violence that took place during sex”, which she argued were consensual, and that there was no threat of recidivism. in domestic violence.
Bauer’s lawyers then asked for a continuation with reference to pending medical records, deleted videos on social media and what they thought were questionable gaps in text message exchanges between the woman and two friends, among other questions. When the judge ordered the case to proceed as planned, both sides provided lengthy opening statements that together lasted about an hour.
Holley dedicated much of her opening statement to text messages sent by the woman to Bauer and members of her inner circle, which, according to Bauer’s team, suggest an ulterior motive. She highlighted text messages from the woman alluding to a desire to be strangled and said to a friend, “I already have my hooks in.”
The woman addressed these messages during a long, emotional testimony in which she opened up about her sobriety, her insecurity, and a desire to have a relationship with Bauer that stretched beyond intercourse. She said she was inexperienced with hard sex and claimed she had never been strangled unconscious and that she was partially involved in an attempt to satisfy Bauer’s desires.
She added that she was “embarrassed” and “was nauseous” after being strangled during the first sexual encounter and said she wanted to meet Bauer again in an attempt to “create a better experience where we were both on the same page. “
When she arrived at Bauer’s home after midnight on May 16, the woman testified that he “did some kind of treatment on his legs” and “was in a very aggravated condition” when she had just finished playing a game that night . She testified that Bauer, who in recent years has been very open to the pitchers’ use of foreign drugs, told her about how he uses the drug Spider Tack. They then went to his bedroom for sex after a two-hour conversation, she said.
When she woke up after being strangled unconscious again during their second meeting, the woman said she “felt knuckles in my jaw” that “everything happened so fast” and she felt so sick that she was unable to to tell Bauer to stop.
“He treated me like I was not a human being.”