A 27-year-old San Diego woman seeking a five-year restraining order against Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer wiped away tears as she testified Monday morning about her lengthy history of alcohol abuse, which her attorney said made her vulnerable to the violent sexual assaults allegedly inflicted by the baseball star during a pair of 2021 encounters at his Pasadena home.
During a hearing at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles to determine whether a temporary restraining order against Bauer should be extended, the woman said she has been an alcoholic since age 15 and only achieved sobriety about 18 months ago following a hospital stay to treat her addiction.
“It was either life or death for me,” she testified.
The woman has accused Bauer of choking her with her own hair until she lost consciousness on multiple occasions, punching her in the vagina and leaving her with injuries that required hospitalization during sexual encounters in April and May, according to the restraining order request obtained by the Southern California News Group.
Bauer, the 2020 Cy Young award winner signed to a three-year, $102 million contract with the Dodgers, remains on leave from the team and is under investigation by Pasadena police, which has yet to file any charges.
During an opening statement before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman, the woman’s attorney, Lisa Meyer, said the woman’s alcohol abuse, fragile mental state and lack of self-esteem made her a perfect victim for Bauer.
She added Bauer’s attorneys have created a “false narrative” of the woman as a “gold digger” who is seeking money from him.
However, Bauer attorney Shawn Holley, a member of the legal team that defended O.J. Simpson against murder charges, said 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.
Bauer, wearing a dark suit and protective COVID-19 mask, stared straight ahead and showed no testimony during the woman’s testimony.
The hearing continues Monday afternoon with more testimony from the woman.
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