Trevor Bauer’s accuser says Dodgers pitcher made her feel ‘safe’ until things turned sexual
A 27-year-old San Diego woman testified in court Monday, Aug. 16, that Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer made her feel safe after he invited her to his Pasadena home, but then over two sexual encounters in April and May choked her unconscious and punched her in the face and vagina.
During a hearing at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles to determine if the woman’s temporary restraining order against Bauer will be extended, she described how she first encountered the Dodgers star pitcher over social media.
The woman, a lifelong baseball fan whose father coaches the sport, said that April 18, while watching a televised game between the San Diego Padres and Dodgers, she tagged Bauer in an Instagram post. She was surprised that Bauer replied to her, and after the two messaged back and forth, he invited her to his Pasadena home on April 21.
The woman said that after arriving at the house, she and Bauer sat on separate sofas and talked about life experiences. She confided that she had been an alcoholic since age 15 and had been sober for about 18 months. In turn, Bauer said he did not drink or use drugs and disclosed he had been bullied as a child, the woman testified.
“I felt safe,” she said.
Following the lengthy conversation, the pair moved to Bauer’s bedroom. She said Bauer began kissing her and then became aggressive. The woman said she told Bauer she was “OK with a little bit of rough sex.” It wasn’t long after that Bauer wrapped her long hair around her throat and choked her until she was unconscious, she testified.
The woman said that when she came to she discovered Bauer had had anal sex with her. “I woke up confused because I had never gone unconscious before,” she testified. “I felt sick to my stomach and thought I was going to vomit.”
Nevertheless, the woman spent the night with Bauer before driving back to San Diego the next day.
The woman testified that over the next few weeks she and Bauer sent flirtatious messages to each other on social media. In one message, Bauer reportedly said, “I think of you often.” She also acknowledged telling friends that Bauer was “super intelligent and an open book.”
Bauer invited her to his home again on May 15. The woman said she went to his residence to build on the positive emotional conversation they had during their first meeting and to move on from the bad sexual experience.
The woman said Bauer left the front door of his home open because he was doing some work in the basement. The pair talked for a couple of hours and posted a photo of themselves cuddling in a chair on the social media app Snapchat.
As in the first encounter, she said they moved to Bauer’s bedroom, where they kissed and he asked her “what was off limits” sexually. “I didn’t know what to say,” the woman testified. “I said not to put your fingers down my throat.”
In the ensuing minutes, she testified, Bauer twice choked her again with her hair, causing her to pass out each time. She said after she regained consciousness Bauer punched her on the left side of her jaw and on both cheekbones.
“I had never been punched in the face,” she testified, adding that she couldn’t stop the assault because she froze.
Bauer, wearing a dark suit and protective COVID-19 mask, stared straight ahead and showed no emotion during the woman’s testimony
Bauer attorney Shawn Holley, a member of the legal team that defended O.J. Simpson against murder charges, said during her opening statement in court the woman sent Instagram messages to friends after connecting with Bauer bragging that she was going to “get her hooks” in him. “You know how I roll,” Holley said, reading one of the alleged messages in court.
The woman will retake the stand Tuesday when the hearing resumes before Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman,
The San Diego woman apparently is the second petitioner to file for a restraining order against Bauer.
The Washington Post reported Saturday that an Ohio woman also sought a protective order against Bauer in 2020. According to the Post, the woman sought the protection stemming from a 2017 encounter during which she was alleged to have suffered injuries to her face, blaming Bauer and asserting she received repeated threats from him
After police responded to an incident at Bauer’s residence — he was playing for the Cleveland Indians at the time — the woman was arrested for underage drinking.
Bauer responded to the Post story on his Twitter account.