Shawn Holley said in his opening remarks at a Los Angeles Superior Court hearing that the 27-year-old San Diego woman told Bauer in private messages on Instagram that she had “never been as excited with my life ”as when he strangled her. Holley said the woman told Bauer in the messages to give him “all the pain”.
The woman alleges that without her consent, Bauer hit her, strangled her with her own hair until she passed out and had anal sex with her against her will.
Bauer was put on paid administrative leave July 2 by Major League Baseball. This was extended until Friday. MLB and Pasadena, Calif., Police are investigating the woman’s allegations. Representatives for Bauer have repeatedly said everything that happened between the two was consensual. The woman was granted a temporary restraining order until a hearing could be held and evidence presented for a long-term order.
The woman spoke briefly before Monday’s lunch break and was due to return in the afternoon.
She testified that she was the daughter of a baseball coach and a longtime fan who supported the San Diego Padres. She said that watching him on TV made her attracted to Bauer and his quirks, including the fact that he closed one eye while throwing.
She tagged him in an Instagram story while watching a game with her mother in April, when Bauer was pitching against the Padres. She didn’t expect him to answer. But he sent her a direct message 10 to 15 minutes after the game, and the two started texting each other.
The woman’s lawyers argue that she and Bauer had what should be considered a romantic relationship, which would make the type of domestic violence prohibition order she seeks appropriate. Attorney Lisa Helfend Meyer pointed out that the two shared intimate details of each of their lives, both in messages ahead of their meetings at her home in Pasadena and in hours of conversation when they were together.
Bauer’s attorneys dispute this, defining the relationship as a casual relationship based on sex. Holley pointed to the text messages the woman sent to friends before reuniting with Bauer, saying she was going to ‘hook her up’, ‘get in his head’ and have sex with him. Holley said she told Bauer in a message that she would have her “feelings button turned off.”
Meyer said the woman was badly shaken after their first meeting, during which she awoke from unconsciousness to find Bauer having anal sex with her, which she did not do. not consented.
But, Meyer said, friendly and gentle communications over the following weeks convinced her to return.
“She was made to trust Trevor,” Meyer said, “which caused her serious damage. “
Holley, Bauer’s lawyer, said that before starting the second time he asked the woman what was prohibited, and she only asked him not to put his fingers down her throat, which he had done it the first time, stopping when she asked him to.
Meyer said the woman suffered serious injuries and emotional trauma as a result of the second meeting, in which she alleges Bauer punched her in the face, vagina and buttocks.
She “felt excruciating pain, unimaginable pain, worse than she had ever felt,” Meyer said.
She went to the hospital and underwent a sexual assault exam by a nurse and reported the incident to police, Meyer said. She decided to apply for the restraining order only when she learned how long the police investigation was going to take, Meyer said.
The woman at the helm became emotional as she spoke of battling alcoholism for a decade and often experiencing trauma, partly sexual. She testified that she had been sober since the age of 25, although she lost a job helping to manage a sober apartment house because she couldn’t work after the second incident with Bauer.
The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted.
Bauer agreed to a three-year, $ 102 million contract to join his hometown Dodgers earlier this year after winning his first Cy Young with the Cincinnati Reds last season. Bauer is 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 17 starts this season.