A 27-year-old woman filed a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Trevor Bauer this week, alleging the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher hit and choked her without her consent during two sexual encounters at his home in Pasadena, California.
In the 84-page document, which USA TODAY Sports obtained Wednesday evening, the woman accuses Bauer of punching multiple parts of her body, including the side of the head, and choking her with her hair to the point that she lost consciousness. She also claims Bauer had anal sex with her without her consent.
The contents of the temporary restraining order, which are graphic in nature, were first reported by The Athletic earlier Wednesday. The document also includes medical records and photos of injuries the woman said she sustained from one of the encounters with Bauer, including a swollen face and jaw.
USA TODAY’s policy is to not identify individuals who allege sexual crimes without their permission.
Bauer, 30, has claimed the encounters he had with the woman were “wholly consensual,” according to a statement from his attorney, Jon Fetterolf, on Tuesday. Fetterolf said the woman had asked for “rough” sexual encounters.
“Her basis for filing a protection order is nonexistent, fraudulent, and deliberately omits key facts, information, and her own relevant communications,” Fetterolf said in part of the statement. “Any allegations that the pair’s encounters were not 100% consensual are baseless, defamatory, and will be refuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Bryan Freedman, an attorney for the woman, said in a statement that “any suggestion that she was not the victim of assault is not only false and defamatory but, in fact, perpetuates the abuse.
“Our client truly wants Mr. Bauer to engage in a medically appropriate therapeutic process where he can receive the treatment he needs to never act this way again,” Freedman said. “If he is willing to meaningfully participate in a process directed by appropriate professionals, it will go a long toward allowing her to feel safe and resolving this matter. But, regardless, she cannot allow this to happen unknowingly to anyone else.”
The temporary restraining order – known as an ex parte order – provides temporary protection for the filing party ahead of a court hearing, at which point the accused is given an opportunity to formally respond to the allegations and a judge decides if the restraining order should be upheld. The hearing in this case is scheduled for July 23, according to representatives for both parties. Bauer’s representatives have indicated they plan to formally deny the woman’s accusations at that time.
Major League Baseball said Tuesday it was aware of the allegations and was examining it, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Dodgers released a statement Tuesday night.
“The Dodgers were made aware of the allegations against Trevor Bauer late this afternoon and immediately contacted Major League Baseball, which will be handling this matter,” the statement read. “The Dodgers take any allegations of this nature very seriously, but will have no further comment at this time.”
The allegations against Bauer are also being investigated by the Pasadena Police Department, Lt. Carolyn Gordon confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. She did not provide additional details nor specify when the investigation will be complete. Bauer has not been charged with a crime.
According to the declaration filed by the woman under penalty of perjury as part of the restraining order, she and Bauer first exchanged messages on Instagram in mid-April. The woman alleges that Bauer invited her to his home on April 21, where they had consensual sex before he choked her with her hair without her consent, causing her to lose consciousness.
The woman alleges that, when she regained consciousness, Bauer was having anal sex with her without her permission. According to the document, the woman asked Bauer to stop and he did so. The next morning, she told him that she did not enjoy the previous night and “he seemed to be understanding,” according to the ex parte document.
The woman and Bauer continued to communicate over the next few weeks. Bauer’s representatives provided screenshots to USA TODAY Sports of text messages between the two in which they appear to discuss erotic asphyxiation.
According to the ex parte document, the woman visited Bauer’s home again on May 15. She alleges that she agreed to have consensual sex with him but did not consent to the events that followed, which included Bauer choking and punching her. She says in her declaration that she started crying and shaking. Bauer told her “I’m here, you’re safe,” she says in the document.
The woman claims she left the next morning when she felt capable of doing so. She says she experienced headaches and nausea thereafter. She went to a hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with head and facial trauma and she spoke with officers from the San Diego Police Department, according to the document. She says she was also examined by a nurse who specializes in sexual assault examinations.
The woman was later contacted by Pasadena police and communicated with Bauer under their supervision, according to the document. She claims Bauer continued to contact her thereafter. She filed the restraining order, she says in the document, because she is “deeply concerned” that no arrest has been made nor charges filed.
Bauer, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, could potentially face both criminal charges and discipline from MLB. The league’s domestic violence policy stipulates that allegations of domestic violence may be independently investigated by the commissioner’s office and result in a suspension.
Bauer signed a three-year deal worth $102 million in February. His next scheduled outing is Sunday against the Washington Nationals.
Contributing: Bob Nightengale