An attorney for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer cross-examined the woman accusing him of sexual assault on Tuesday, resulting in a second day of emotional testimony from the 27-year-old, who is seeking a five-year restraining order from Bauer.
Shawn Holley said in an opening statement that the woman gave Bauer, 30, every indication she consented to the physical treatment she received during two separate nights spent at his home in Pasadena, Calif. The woman alleges that Bauer punched her, choked her with her own hair until she lost consciousness, then had anal sex with her, which she had not consented to.
The woman said she was just as afraid of the social consequences as the physical ones, and at first was determined to tell no one else. But under questioning from her own attorney, the woman said her horror grew as bruises emerged and pain intensified after the second time she saw Bauer in May. During testimony, she described an hours-long sexual assault exam she said was traumatic and physically painful.
The nurse who conducted the examination testified Tuesday that she had never seen the kind of bruising she documented on and around the woman's vagina in the approximately 75 similar exams she had done. Nurse Kelly Valencia said, "it was frankly alarming," but did not think it required further treatment.
The woman sent Bauer a picture of herself after returning home to San Diego, to which Bauer replied in a text message, "Damn girl, are you OK?"
"I could not believe what my face looked like," she said Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. "I wanted him to know what he'd done to me.
"I knew how that (telling others) was going to go. That situation paints me as the slut. I didn't want the story to go anywhere."
Holley suggested in her cross-examination that the woman's declaration seeking the restraining order contained lies of omission. Holley asked why the woman omitted a text message to Bauer before their meetings saying that she would have her "feelings turned off" and that she joked about having a nondisclosure agreement "signed and sealed." The woman said she no longer had access to those texts.
When asked why she left out "dozens of key facts" in the petition for a restraining order, the woman answered, "I don't know."
The woman testified that following their second meeting, she received text messages daily from Bauer in which he expressed his concern. The woman said she appreciated his messages at first but started to worry that he knew she talked to the police.
"I felt like he was saying these things so I would shut up," she said Tuesday.
On her first day of testimony Monday, the woman testified that she did not consent to how violent things got the second night she met with Bauer. While still recovering from being unconscious, she said Bauer punched her in the jaw, the cheekbones and the side of the head.
The hearing is expected to continue Wednesday and Thursday and may include testimony from Bauer.
Bauer's representatives have repeatedly said everything that occurred during the two encounters was consensual. The woman was granted a temporary restraining order until a hearing could be held and evidence presented for a long-term order.
Time has been blocked off on the court calendar for the hearings to continue through Thursday; the restraining order will remain in place until the hearing is complete.
Bauer remains under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department. Major League Baseball is also investigating the right-hander, whose paid administrative leave has been extended until Friday.
The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Bauer had a temporary order of protection placed against him in June 2020, after an Ohio woman accused him of physical abuse and threatening her.Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. (Photo: Kiyoshi Mio / Icon Sportswire via AP Images)