Bauer appears in court over woman's sex assault allegations
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Trevor Bauer, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, appeared in court Friday to fight the extension of a protection order requested by a woman who says he choked her to the point where she passed out and hit her during two sexual encounters earlier this year.
Attorneys for Bauer and the woman announced during a brief court session that morning that they intended to summon witnesses and argue over the order, in a trial that is expected to take three days.
The trial is due to resume Friday afternoon, but a judge may decide to postpone the trial. Until the trial, an injunction was issued that kept Bauer away from the woman. A judge might decide to add weeks or years to this.
Bauer's appearance on Friday was neither necessary nor expected. It is not clear whether he will take a stand. Restraining hearings are usually brief, and lawyers often appear without their clients.
The pitcher's agents, Jon Fetterolf and Rachel Luba, have denied the allegations, and Fetterolf has said his client's interactions with the woman were completely consensual.
Major League Baseball put Bauer on paid vacation July 2 as part of the MLB and Players Union's 2015 Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy. The vacation was extended until July 27th.
The police in Pasadena, California are also investigating the allegations on account of possible criminal charges.
The woman, who is from San Diego, said in court documents that she and Bauer met on Instagram when she tagged him in a photo while he was performing during a game against the Padres in May.
She later visited his Pasadena home and had sexual encounters that began consensually but turned violent without her consent, the documents say.
The second incident in which she claims that Bauer repeatedly hit her left her with two black eyes, a bloody swollen lip, significant bruises and scratches on one side of her face. She enclosed photos showing the injuries.
The documents say that she applied for the order because Bauer called her repeatedly after the second meeting and asked her via SMS whether she was okay and she did not want to have any more contact with him.
The Associated Press does not normally identify anyone who claims to have been a victim of sexual assault.
Bauer agreed to a three-year $ 102 million deal to move to his hometown Dodgers earlier this year after winning his first Cy Young with the Cincinnati Reds last season. Bauer is 8-5 with 2.59 ERA in 17 starts this season.
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