Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer Thursday won his bid to throw out restraining order filed against him by the woman who accused him of sexual assault
Judge denied request by the accuser identified as ‘Ms. Hill’, to extend a temporary restraining order against the Dodgers pitcher for five years
LA Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman told the court Hill had ‘pursued’ Bauer, not the other way around, as she handed down her decision on day four of the hearing
‘There is no supporting evidence that [Bauer] is likely to cause harm to [Hill] or even have contact with her,’ the judge added
The judge noted that what Hill thought and what she communicated to Bauer ‘were not the same, particularly regarding rough sex’
Gould-Saltman alluded to Hill’s text messages with Bauer where the 27-year-old San Diego native told the baseball star to ‘choke her out’ and give her ‘all the pain’
The defense had earlier sought to discredit Hill’s claims by citing text messages that allegedly suggested she had been after the pitcher’s money
As the 27-year-old took the witness stand Wednesday as a court hearing to extend a restraining order against the athlete to five years – Bauer’s attorney Shawn Holley quizzed Hill, a recovering alcoholic, about texts with her AA sponsor Lisa Decker that insinuated she was after money
In one conversation, Hill was allegedly referring to Bauer when she texted Decker saying: ‘Give me $50 million and just slap my cl*t…’
In another message sent to Hill from Decker saying: ‘Hey bh, pretty soon it’ll be rich bh’
When asked why the two were bantering about her becoming a ‘rich,’ Hill told the court they were ‘just joking around’ and said ‘there was no ill intent at all’
TA Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Trevor Bauer on Thursday, denying a restraining order to a woman who said the star Dodgers pitcher choked her into unconsciousness and punched her repeatedly during two sexual encounters.
The 27-year-old complainant said she suffered from massive headaches and vomited after the second of two violent encounters with the MLB All-Star, according to a request for a restraining order.
Thursday Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer won his bid to throw out restraining order filed against him by the woman who accused him of sexual assault
Following a four-day hearing, Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman determined Thursday that Bauer did not pose a threat to the San Diego woman and that her injuries were not the result of anything she verbally objected to, according to ESPN.
Bauer ‘did not pursue’ accuser, ‘Ms. Hill,’ rather, ‘she pursued him,’ Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman said as she handed down the decision at Los Angeles Superior Court.
‘There is no supporting evidence that [Bauer] is likely to cause harm to [Hill] or even have contact with her,’ the judge added.
Earlier, the defense tendered evidence authored by ‘Ms. Hill’, who accused Dodgers’ pitcher, Trevor Bauer of sexual abuse, that suggest that Hill was seeking tens of millions of dollars from Bauer in a text message conversation after her first rough sexual encounter with him.
Dressed in a green jacket, black blouse, and black pants, the Hill took the witness stand on Wednesday at the court hearing to extend a temporary restraining order against the athlete to five years.
Hill, who was granted a temporary restraining order in June after accusing the athlete of violently assaulting her over the course of two sexual encounters in April and May, was seeking to extend the order for five years.
At the time, Marc Garelick, the attorney for Ms. Hill said in a statement that his client has “sought and obtained an order for Protection from the Court against Mr. Trevor Bauer, under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act.”
“The order is a result of a recent assault that took place at the hands of Mr. Bauer where Ms. Hill suffered severe physical and emotional pain,” Garelick said.
“Our goal is to keep Mr. Bauer from contacting our client in any way possible.”
Bauer in a statement from his agent, Jon Fetterolf, denied the allegations.
“Mr. Bauer had a brief and wholly consensual sexual relationship initiated by Ms. Hill beginning in April 2021,” Fetterolf said.” We have messages that show Hill repeatedly asking for ‘rough’ sexual encounters involving requests to be ‘choked out’ and slapped in the face, Fetterolf hinted.
Representing Hill, attorney Lisa Helfend-Meyer told the court Bauer is a ‘monster’ who should be ordered into a one-year battery program. She describing the alleged assault on Hill as ‘brutal, inhumane, disgusting and violent.’
Helfend-Meyer told the court that she herself is the mother of a social needs daughter and added: ‘If somebody did to my daughter what Trevor Bauer did to this woman, I don’t know what I would have done.
‘Trevor Bauer is a monster. He was aggressively abused as a child. And as an adult, he became the abuser,’ she added. ‘He stalks his victims on the internet.’
The judge however, questioned Hill’s claim that she was in a ‘dating relationship’ with Bauer, saying the relationship was at most tenuous and noted that the two were only together in person twice.
‘What she thought and what she communicated to Bauer were not the same, particularly regarding rough sex,’ Judge Gould-Saltman said.
‘She had multiple opportunities to set boundaries…..Bauer could not know her boundaries if she did not set them down.’
The judge said that what Hill did consent to was, as she said in a text message, she wanted ‘all the pain.’ ‘When she said she wanted to be choked out, he had believed her. She said yes,’ the judge continued.
‘She said stop and he did. He did not coerce her. He did not threaten her.’
Referring to the photos of Hill’s bruised and scratched face that were presented as evidence, Judge Gould-Saltman went on: ‘The injuries in the photos are terrible.
They would stand as a per se condemnation of the perpetrator. ‘If she [Hill] had set limits and he exceeded them, this case would be very clear.’
However, Judge Gould-Saltman added, Hill’s original declaration to the court asking for a domestic violence restraining order against Bauer, was ‘materially misleading…..He did not force her to have rough sex.’
In both of their encounters, Hill drove from San Diego to Bauer’s residence in Pasadena, Calif. where she went on to dictate what she wanted from him sexually and he did what was asked.
Following each of her only two meetings with Bauer, Hill spent the night and left without incident, continuing to message Bauer with friendly and flirtatious banter.
In the days following their second and final encounter, Hill shared photos of herself and indicated that she had sought medical care for a concussion.
Bauer responded with concern and confusion, and Hill was neither angry nor accusatory.
“Mr. Bauer and Ms. Hill have not corresponded in over a month and have not seen each other in over six weeks. Her basis for filing a protection order is nonexistent, fraudulent, and deliberately omits key facts, information, and her own relevant communications.
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,” the agent insisted.
At trial Wednesday Bauer’s attorney Shawn Holley quizzed Hill, a recovering alcoholic, about her texts with her AA sponsor, Lisa Decker, that apparently gave the impression she was after Bauer for money.
In one conversation, Hill was allegedly referring to Bauer when she texted Decker saying: ‘Give me $50 million and just slap my cl*t…’
When asked by Holley if the message meant ‘it would be okay’ if the baseball star gave her money, Hill responded, ‘no.’
Holley also quoted another message sent to Hill from Decker saying: ‘Hey b***h, pretty soon it’ll be rich b***h.’
When asked why the two were bantering about her becoming a ‘rich,’ Hill told the court they were ‘just joking around’ and said ‘there was no ill intent at all.’
In another text, Decker told Hill to ‘secure the bag.’ ‘Isn’t the general meaning of ‘secure the bag’ to get the money?’ Holley asked, to which Hill replied: ‘It can mean that….I’m not sure.’
Hill the court that she was upset that after she sought a restraining order against Bauer, his lawyer issued a statement that ‘slut shamed’ her.
When the domestic violence order against Bauer was filed six weeks ago, Hill texted to a friend: ‘He’s going to know that s**t is going down and he’s f***ed.’
‘You wanted Trevor to have consequences, correct?’ Holley asked Hill.
‘Yes I did,’ she responded.
Hill was granted a temporary restraining order in June after accusing Bauer of violently assaulting her over the course of two sexual encounters in April and May.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Holley accused Hill of ‘asking for it’ when she went to Bauer’s Pasadena home for a second night on May 15.
Holley listed a string of sexually explicit text messages Hill sent the 30-year-old baseball player after her first rough sex session with him on April 21.
Among them were messages saying, ‘When it’s time to choke me out, you are the best……That was a game changer……Never been more turned on in my life……Give me all the pain……Do it harder.’
Holley pointed out that Hill did not include any of these texts in her declaration to the court, asking for a domestic violence restraining order against Bauer.
‘Did you not think that it was of crucial importance to the court to know that you asked for it….you asked for the sex to be harder and rougher?’ she asked.
‘I did not to ask to be punched,’ replied Hill.
Hill was also asked about two videos she sent Bauer showing a small bruise on her inner thigh after their first sex hookup in April.
She later deleted the videos, said Holley, who added that Hill didn’t also mention them in her declaration.
‘You painted a picture of a somewhat violent encounter with Trevor on April 21?’ she asked Hill, who responded ‘Yes.’ ‘Yet you didn’t think it was important for the judge to know that you only got a small bruise on your inner thigh.’ Holley told the court that when he received the videos, he allegedly replied to Hill: ‘Sorry if that was me.’
That message was also excluded from Hill’s declaration seeking a restraining order, added the attorney.
Hill also admitted Holley’s contention that she ‘knew rough sex would be on the agenda’ when she went to her second fling with the ballplayer at midnight on May 15.
But when the lawyer asked her: ‘When you go to a man’s house at midnight, it’s a booty call, right? Hill answered ‘No.’ However, she did say yes when asked if she assumed she’d have sex with Bauer that night.
Hill admitted under cross examination by Holley that when Bauer asked her before their second rough sex session what was ‘off limits’ that night, ‘you only told him putting his fingers down your throat and anal sex.’
The attorney asked Hill if she had told Bauer that she had ‘substituted rough sex for drugs and alcohol’ after she got sober and Hill responded ‘No.’
Holley called into question Hill’s claims that she wanted nothing more to do with Bauer after the second sex encounter, pointing out that on June 18, more than a month after their second tryst, she texted a friend saying she wanted to watch a LA Dodgers game on TV, because ‘Bauer is pitching.’
‘You had deleted all your communications with him but you still wanted to watch him pitch that night?’ asked Holley. ‘Possibly,’ replied Hill, who told the court that she is seeing a therapist and still has trouble sleeping.
She cried in court when her attorney Doreen Olson asked about a press release issued by Bauer’s attorneys which claimed that her encounters with Bauer were consensual.
Describing the press release as ‘slut-shaming,’ she added, ‘I did not consent to have bruises all over my body. And having things done to me while I was unconscious was not consensual.’ .
After her second sexual encounter with Bauer on May 15, Hill went to the San Diego home of her best friend ‘Mely’ Maya who told the court today, ‘She had two black eyes, scratches to the side of her face….her cheeks were swollen, her lips were swollen. ‘She was in shock.
She did not know how to express what happened. She just wanted to lie in bed at my house because she felt safe there after what she had been through.
‘She could hardly open her jaw. She could hardly talk.
She had bruises on other parts of her body. There were bruises behind her ears.
‘She told me her jaw hurt, her head hurt, her vagina hurt. She had a very large bruise at the top of her vagina. She had bruises on her butt cheeks.’
Maya added that when Hill filed her restraining order against Hill on June 29, ‘She was very anxious – she just wanted some protection for herself.’
Baseball star Bauer won’t answer questions if he’s called to the witness stand Thursday on the fourth day of his restraining order hearing.
‘He’s going to take the Fifth Amendment,’ his attorney, Shawn Holley, told the court on Wednesday referring to the 5th Amendment of the Constitution which allows a person to refuse to testify on the grounds that he might incriminate himself.
In Bauer’s case, his grounds are that he is still under investigation by Pasadena Police Department and consequently would not want to give out information that could be criminally incriminating to himself.
‘He has a legitimate basis for asserting his Fifth Amendment rights,’ said Holley who told the court that Bauer’ s legal team didn’t plan to call any other witnesses.
Earlier today, Bauer’s attorney called expert witness Dr. Jennifer Hammers – a forensic pathologist – to the witness box and she told the court that when she reviewed the results of CT and MRI scans Hill undertook after her second sex session with Bauer, she found ‘superficial bruising’ but no serious injuries to her head, face or neck.
There was a bruise ‘high up in the public region,’ she added, which could have been cause by ‘a punch or rough sex.’