TREVOR Bauer’s court hearing was postponed after his accuser’s texts and “assault photos” were seen.
The Los Angeles Dodgers star appeared in a Los Angeles court on Friday wearing a plum suit after he was accused of alleged sexual assault.
Bauer’s attorney, Shawn Holley, advised that he either not testify at all or do it in chambers – but it was decided that Bauer must take the stand.
His lawyer also argued that she had not seen the full forensic exam, known as the sexual assault response team (SART) exam.
Bauer’s hearing will continue on August 2 at 8:30am, and again on August 3 and 19.
The LA Dodgers star is expected to contest her claims against him after his administrative leave was extended to July 27 and their text exchanges and “assault photos” were seen.
His accuser alleged that she consented to have sex with him, but that she “did not agree or consent to what he did next … I did not agree to be sexually assaulted.”
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HOW LONG WILL THE CASE LAST?
Once August 2 arrives, it is expected the case will last two to three days, attorneys from both sides estimated.
The MLB declined to comment on how the continuance will impact Bauer’s leave from the league, according to the Washington Post.
WHY WAS THE CASE CONTINUED?
Bauer’s lawyers argued they needed more time to prepare for the case.
They stated that the accuser’s attorney’s didn’t turn over medical records and witness information until “the 11th hour.”
As a result, Judge Gould-Saltman ordered the case be continued until August 2.
CASE CONTINUED UNTIL AUGUST 2
The case that will determine whether the restraining order against Bauer remains enforcable has been continued until August 2.
The hearing on July 23, presided by Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman, was the first court appearance for Bauer.
He was accused of assaulting and choking a woman in June and was placed on paid administrative leave from the Dodgers shortly after.
BAUER ‘MUST TAKE THE STAND’
The judge ruled that Bauer must take the stand.
She added: “Even if he were simply to invoke the Fifth Amendment.”
WHAT IS A SART EXAM?
A SART (sexual assault response team) exam is specifically designed to detail and record evidence of sexual abuse to aid prosecutors in sexual violence cases.
BAUER’S TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER STAYING IN PLACE
His temporary restraining order will remain the same.
Bauer’s attorney advised on Friday that he either not testify at all or do it in chambers – but it was decided he must take the stand.
Bauer’s lawyer also argued that she had not seen the full forensic exam, known as the sexual assault response team (SART) exam.
BAUER’S LAWYER ARGUED HE SHOULD PROVIDE TESTIMONY IN CHAMBERS
Bauer’s lawyer argued that as there is a pending criminal investigation, he should provide his testimony in chambers.
The reason for this is to not incriminate himself and the “given the media attention” surrounding the case.
However, the Judge ruled that “under civil law he does have to take the stand.”
CITY POLICE OFFICERS WILL BE CALLED AS WITNESSES
A handful of city police officers will be called as witnesses in the proceeding court dates.
And one of the officers – Kelly Valencia, who conducted the sexual assault response team (SART) exam – will be away on the August 2 court date and is willing to attend another court date.
WHAT ELSE DID BAUER’S LAWYER SAY?
Bauer’s lawyer Shawn Holley argued she only received some information “at the 11th hour” and some of Ms Hill’s medical records were incomplete.
Ms Hill’s medical exam was done in San Diego and her lawyer said: “She essentially had everything that we had in our possession and control.”
BAUER’S HEARING CONTINUED UNTIL AUGUST 2
His hearing has been continued until August 2 at 8:30am so that the lawyers can prepare.
Bauer’s lawyer Shawn Holley argued that she only received some information “at the 11th hour” and some of the medical records were incomplete.
The hearing will continue on August 2, 3, and 19.
WHAT DID THE TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER DO?
Bauer was ordered to stay at least 300ft from his alleged assault victim after a judge granted a temporary restraining order several weeks ago.
According to court documents obtained by The Sun, Bauer was prohibited from going anywhere near the victim, her home, place of employment, vehicle, or school.
WHO IS THE JUDGE IN THE CASE?
The Honorable Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman was presiding over Friday morning’s court case regarding the restraining order against Trevor Bauer.
The Sun reported from inside of the courtroom to hear the details of the case.
WHAT HAPPENED IN COURT ON JULY 23?
The baseball star entered the courtroom and sat at the back initially.
However, he then moved to the front of the room.
He was wearing a plum suit with a white pocket square to Friday morning’s court hearing.
ACCUSER CLAIMS ASSAULTS TOOK PLACE ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS
Bauer’s accuser, 27, claims the alleged assaults took place on two separate occasions, on April 21 and May 15, at Bauer’s home.
The pair initially began talking on Instagram before agreeing to meet in person, she claimed in a report filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on June 29.
The woman said she consented to have consensual sex with Bauer, but that she “did not agree or consent to what he did next … I did not agree to be sexually assaulted.”
Hill claims the Dodgers pitcher “without asking me or telling me in advance, he wrapped my hair around my neck and choked me.”
She also alleged that Bauer hit her in the face, punched her vagina and buttocks, and sodomized her without her permission – leaving her bleeding and struggling to walk.
BAUER’S LEAVE EXTENDED
Bauer’s paid administrative leave was extended for another seven days, MLB confirmed last week.
The league had already placed the 30-year-old pitcher on forced leave for seven days.
Under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy, the league needed approval from the players union to extend Bauer’s leave.
Hill was also granted a temporary restraining order against the star.
BAUER’S THREE ‘DATING RULES’
Back in 2019, during an interview with Sports Illustrated, Bauer revealed he would be a “bad husband,” because of his three rules of dating.
“I have three rules. One: no feelings. As soon as I sense you’re developing feelings, I’m going to cut it off, because I’m not interested in a relationship and I’m emotionally unavailable,” Bauer said.
“Two: no social media posts about me while we’re together, because private life stays private.
“Three: I sleep with other people. I’m going to continue to sleep with other people. If you’re not O.K. with that, we won’t sleep together, and that’s perfectly fine. We can just be perfectly polite platonic friends.”
WHAT DID MS HILL SAY OF THE ENCOUNTERS?
The accuser said: “This was the first punch I felt but it is very possible that Trevor had already been punching and scratching the right side of my face while I was unconscious.
“Trevor then punched me hard with a closed fist to the left side of my jaw, the left side of my head, and both cheekbones. I remember this vividly and it was extremely startling and painful.
“I was absolutely frozen and terrified. I could not speak or move. After punching me several times, he then flipped me back onto my stomach and began choking me with hair. I lost consciousness again.
“He opened my legs to expose my vagina and began punching me repeatedly in the vagina.”
MEDICAL RECORDS SHOW MS HILL ADMITTED TO EMERGENCY ROOM
In disturbing images included as part of the report, Hill can be seen with two black eyes and scratch marks across her face.
Medical records appear to show she was hospitalized for injuries which included a head injury.
The woman accused the pitcher of punching her several times in the head and vagina.
“After punching me several times, he then flipped me back onto my stomach and began choking me with hair,” she said.
“I lost consciousness again.”
WHAT DID BAUER TEXT MS HILL?
Text messages appeared to show that Bauer messaged Hill to ask her how she was in the aftermath of the alleged attack.
Bauer reportedly said: “I feel so bad that this happened. Wish I could be there with you through it.”
A second message read: “I do. I absolutely do. Never want to see you hurting.”
WHAT DID MLB SAY ABOUT THE ALLEGATIONS?
A spokesperson for Major League Baseball said the league is investigating the allegations, adding officials have the power to suspend a player even if they haven’t been charged with a crime.
“MLB continues to collect information in our ongoing investigation concurrent with the Pasadena Police Department’s active criminal investigation,” the spokesperson said.
“We will comment further at the appropriate time.”
MLB PLACES BAUER ON LEAVE
Under the MLB‘s domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy – Bauer has been placed on paid leave for seven days.
Bauer, 30, is being investigated by police following allegations he inflicted “severe physical and emotional pain” on the woman he met after she tagged him in an Instagram story.
Ms Hill alleges she was “diagnosed with an acute head injury and assault by manual strangulation” as a result of the alleged incident.
WHAT DID MS HILL’S AGENT SAY?
The woman’s attorney, Marc Garelick, said: “Our goal is to keep Mr. Bauer from contacting our client in any way possible.
“[We] sought and obtained an order for Protection from the Court against Mr Trevor Bauer, under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act.”
Garelick added: “The order is a result of a recent assault that took place at the hands of Mr. Bauer where Ms. Hill suffered severe physical and emotional pain.
“We anticipate there will be criminal action against Mr Bauer, and it is our hope law enforcement will take our client’s allegations and case seriously.”
WHY WAS BAUER MISSING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE PICTURE?
The Democrats could be seen holding up Dodgers shirt alongside several teammates, who were all suited up.
A White House official reportedly said that Bauer would not be present ahead of the Friday afternoon photo opportunity.
WHAT TEAMS HAS BAUER PLAYED FOR?
Bauer was selected with the third overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondback.
During the 2012-13 offseason, Bauer was traded from Arizona to the Cleveland Indians.
He spent four years with the Indians before he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds before the trade deadline in the 2019 season.
He won the National League Cy Young Award in 2020.
He played one season with the Reds before signing a three-year deal worth over $100million with the LA Dodgers in 2021.
JUDGE GRANTS ACCUSER RESTRAINING ORDER
A judge earlier this month granted Bauer’s accuser a temporary restraining order, ordering the pitcher to stay at least 300ft from his alleged rape victim.
According to court documents obtained by The Sun, Bauer is prohibited from going anywhere near the victim, her home, place of employment, vehicle, or school.
The alleged victim filed for the protective order on Tuesday in the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles.
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