LOS ANGELES — The Pasadena (Calif.) Police Department is investigating an allegation that Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer assaulted a woman, Lt. Carolyn Gordon told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday night.
The woman contacted the police department about her allegation on approximately May 16, according to Gordon, who is overseeing the investigation and declined to say when the investigation is expected to be complete.
“I don’t want to put pressure on the investigator because I told her there’s no rush and to continue her investigation at her pace,’’ Gordon said, referring to the detective on the case. “And so she could be done tomorrow, she could be done next month. But there’s information she has to look into.’’
Bauer, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, has denied the allegation through his attorney, Jon Fetterolf, who indicated the woman filed for a protection order against Bauer.
"Mr. Bauer had a brief and wholly consensual sexual relationship initiated by [the woman] beginning in April 2021," Fetterolf said in a statement. “We have messages that show [the woman] repeatedly asking for 'rough' sexual encounters involving requests to be 'choked out' and slapped in the face."
In both of their encounters, the woman drove to Bauer’s residence in Pasadena from San Diego, according to Fetterolf.
"... she went on to dictate what she wanted from him sexually and he did what was asked," Bauer’s attorney said. “Following each of her only two meetings with Mr. Bauer, [the woman] spent the night and left without incident, continuing to message Mr. Bauer with friendly and flirtatious banter.
“In the days following their second and final encounter, [the woman] shared photos of herself and indicated that she had sought medical care for a concussion. Mr. Bauer responded with concern and confusion, and [the woman] was neither angry nor accusatory."
Fetterolf said Bauer and the woman have not corresponded in more than a month and have not seen each other in more than six weeks.
“Her basis for filing a protection order is nonexistent, fraudulent, and deliberately omits key facts, information, and her own relevant communications," Fetterolf said. “Any allegations that the pair's encounters were not 100% consensual are baseless, defamatory, and will be refuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Lt. Gordon of the Pasadena Police Department said she had no first-hand information about a protection order being filed against Bauer and said to her knowledge it was not filed in Pasadena.
Major League Baseball said it was aware of the accusation and were examining it, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Dodgers released a statement Tuesday night.
“The Dodgers were made aware of the allegations against Trevor Bauer late this afternoon and immediately contacted Major League Baseball, which will be handling this matter," the statement read. "The Dodgers take any allegations of this nature very seriously, but will have no further comment at this time."