Woman files countersuit to Trevor Bauer’s defamation claim

LOS ANGELES — A San Diego woman who alleges Trevor Bauer sexually abused her has filed a counterclaim to his defamation lawsuit, alleging the Dodgers’ pitcher hit her and bruised her, according to a court filing .

Bauer has denied molesting the woman he met through social media. He sued her for defamation in April, alleging that she lied about details of their sexual encounters in order to destroy his reputation and career and for personal gain.

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

The woman’s battery lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, again alleges that Bauer twice punched and choked her during sex in 2021.

Bauer’s attorneys released a statement Thursday, noting a decision by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge last year that denied the woman a restraining order. The judge said she was “materially misleading” in part of her application.

“She ‘materially misled’ the court and failed to satisfy the lowest burden of proof in our justice system – because her allegations were false,” said attorneys Shawn Holley and Jon Fetterolf. “She is being sued for defamation to be held accountable for her lies and the damage it caused. Their counterclaim is a rumination of their court-defunct claims and yet another attempt… to slander Mr. Bauer and attempt to profit from their lies.”

The woman’s lawsuit says her life was “turned into a nightmare by a powerful man who beat her mercilessly, expecting no consequences for his heinous behavior.” After an encounter, according to the file, the woman had two blue eyes.

The lawsuit is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.

In her response to Bauer’s defamation lawsuit, the woman dismissed his attorneys’ claims that she prepared a “false, misleading or defamatory police report” and denied altering or filtering photos when applying for a restraining order in June 2021.

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

The Los Angeles 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 from MLB. There is no timeline for judgment.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34384854/woman-files-countersuit-trevor-bauer-defamation-claim Woman files countersuit to Trevor Bauer’s defamation claim

Emma Bowman

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