Los Angeles Times

Bauer’s accuser denies making false claims


the filing, the woman’s attorneys responded this way to Bauer citing various text messages that purportedl­y supported that plot: “Defendant denies she had a plan to destroy Plaintiff ’s reputation or career or exploit him for money. Defendant admits she was angry at Plaintiff because he had sexually assaulted her.”

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge declined to grant the restrainin­g order, finding in part that the woman had been “materially misleading” in part of her request. The judge also said the woman’s injuries, as depicted in photograph­s, were “terrible” but said the woman “was not ambiguous about wanting rough sex.”

After the Los Angeles County district attorney declined to file criminal charges against Bauer, one of the woman’s attorneys, Fred Thiagaraja­h, told the Washington Post there was “no doubt that Mr. Bauer just brutalized the woman” and that the violent actions she alleged had happened with “100% certainty.”

Bauer has said he “never assaulted her in any way.”

Bauer included Thiagaraja­h in the defamation lawsuit; his attorneys have asked the court to throw out Bauer’s case against him. Thiagaraja­h’s attorneys noted that Bauer omitted the follow-up sentence in his comments to the Post: “The issue was whether or not she consented to the abuse.”

In his response, Thiagaraja­h’s attorneys said Bauer had resorted to “selectivel­y and deceptivel­y” using quotes and called Bauer “the star baseball player renowned for his pitching on the field and his bullying off.”

Bauer also has filed defamation suits against the Athletic and Deadspin; both outlets have asked for the suits to be thrown out. Bauer also is in the process of his appeal of the MLB suspension, with no timetable for a ruling.

The league can suspend a player even in the absence of criminal charges, and at least two other women made allegation­s against Bauer to the Post. MLB has not said what evidence it believes warranted the suspension, and it is unclear whether the arbitrator hearing the appeal will offer an explanatio­n for whatever the decision might be. Bauer has said he engaged in consensual rough sex but did nothing to warrant a suspension.

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