Trevor Bauer will not testify at restraining order hearing – .

Trevor Bauer will not testify at restraining order hearing – .

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will not testify at the hearing Thursday to determine whether a temporary domestic violence restraining order against him will become permanent.
His lawyers had said on Wednesday that Bauer planned to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights if he took a stand. The judge in the case determined that Bauer was not required to testify whether it “would be a futile exercise, which the court thinks it would be in these circumstances.”

Thursday is the fourth and final day of the restraining order hearing, requested by a 27-year-old woman after Bauer allegedly strangled her unconscious three times with her own hair and punched her in the face, buttocks and the genitals during intercourse. .

Bauer’s attorneys had told the judge he would testify but would only state his name and that he is a Major League Baseball player. His lawyers said they asked Bauer to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights if he was asked further questions.

The Pasadena, Calif., Police Department is conducting an ongoing criminal investigation into allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault resulting from two sexual encounters that took place between Bauer and the woman on April 21 and May 16. Under the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution, no one “shall be compelled in any criminal matter to be a witness” against himself.

Bauer’s attorneys claimed the encounters were “totally consensual”, in part because the woman texted Bauer “give me all the pain” and indicated that she wanted to be suffocated before returning to Bauer’s house in may. But in her testimony on Wednesday, the woman said: “For me, texting doesn’t mean consent. I did not consent to hurt my whole body and be hospitalized and do things to myself while I was unconscious. not consensual. “

The woman, whom ESPN does not name because she said she was sexually assaulted, spent more than nine hours out of three days testifying about what happened in the encounters and events that surrounded them .

Bauer has been on administrative leave from the MLB and the Players’ Association since July 2 while investigators investigate the allegations. His leave, which has been extended five times, is due to expire 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.

A permanent restraining order could last up to five years in California.

Information from ESPN’s Tisha Thompson and Alden Gonzalez was used in this report.


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