Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Pasadena resident Trevor Bauer is suing a sports website and one of its former writers, alleging in federal court that he was defamed when they reported he fractured his skull of a woman during sex.
Bauer filed a complaint Tuesday in Los Angeles, accusing Athleticism and former writer Molly Knight to “create and spread the false narrative” of the alleged attack, according to the defamation suit.
The alleged victim obtained a temporary restraining order against Bauer last June, but two months later a Los Angeles Superior Court judge denied the woman’s request for a five-year extension of the order, claiming that the evidence shows that Bauer never exceeded the boundaries that the accuser herself had together for the sexual encounters that took place at Bauer’s Pasadena home.
In February, Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to press charges against the Cy Young Award winner after investigating the woman’s allegations that he physically assaulted her during two sexual encounters.
Athleticism reported last June that “there were signs of a basal skull fracture,” citing a statement from the woman, according to the lawsuit.
Bauer, 31, argues in the suit that the CT scan results are included in the medical records attached to the woman’s statement – which Athleticism possessed – “definitely concluded that she had ‘no acute fracture’.
Athletic spokesman Taylor Patterson said: “We are confident in our reporting and plan to defend ourselves against the claim.”
Bauer previously filed a libel suit in New York against the sports news website dead spin and its editor, claiming the outlet “knowingly published false information” regarding the assault allegations.
The complaint said that dead spin had quoted Athleticism reporting that Bauer had fractured the woman’s skull, but Athleticism had corrected his story before dead spin published its report.
Bauer, 31, was placed on administrative leave by the Dodgers in early July, and has been on leave all season. He still faces possible discipline from Major League Baseball, and his future with the Dodgers remains cloudy.
Bauer signed a three-year contract with the Dodgers in February 2020, worth $102 million, including $40 million this season, which would be the highest single-season salary in baseball history. . Bauer won the National League Cy Young Award the previous season with the Cincinnati Reds.