A woman was denied a permanent restraining order against Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer after she accused him of domestic violence and sexual assault.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday against the 27-year-old woman’s request, and the temporary restraining order against Bauer has been dissolved.
The woman says Bauer strangled her unconscious three times with his own hair and struck her on the face, buttocks and genitals during a sexual encounter earlier this year. The Pasadena (California) Police Department is conducting an ongoing criminal investigation into allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault stemming from two sexual encounters that took place between Bauer and the woman on April 21 and May 16.
The judge ruled that Bauer does not pose a threat to the woman and that her injuries were not the result of anything to which she verbally objected.
Earlier Thursday, it was determined that Bauer would not testify at the four-day hearing after his attorneys said the pitcher planned to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights if he took the stand.
Bauer’s attorneys have maintained that the encounters were “entirely consensual,” in part because the woman texted Bauer “give me all the pain” and indicated that she wanted to be strangled before returning to Bauer’s home in May. But in her testimony on Wednesday, the woman said: “For me, texting does not mean consent. I did not allow them to hurt my whole body and put me in the hospital and do things to me when I was unconscious. I mean, non-consensual “.
The woman, whom ESPN does not name because she has reported that she is a victim of sexual assault, spent more than nine hours over three days testifying about what happened during the encounters and the events surrounding her.
Bauer has been on administrative leave with MLB and the players’ association since July 2 as investigators delve into the allegations. His license, which has been extended five times, expires on Friday. Bauer is the highest paid player in MLB this year, earning nearly $ 40 million, and he won the 2020 National League Cy Young Award while pitching for the Cincinnati Reds.
Information from ESPN’s Tisha Thompson and Alden González was used in this report.