Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer scored a massive win in court Thursday after a judge threw out the restraining order brought against him by his alleged sexual assault victim.
Bauer ‘did not pursue’ his accuser, ‘Ms. Hill,’ rather, ‘she pursued him,’ Judge Dianna Gould Saltman said as she handed down the decision at Los Angeles Superior Court.
‘There is no supporting evidence that [Bauer] is likely to cause harm to [Hill] or even have contact with her,’ the judge added.
After the ruling, Bauer hugged his attorney, Shawn Holley, and stood beside her as she spoke outside the courthouse.
‘We are grateful to the Los Angeles Superior Court for denying this request for a permanent restraining order against Mr. Bauer,’ Holley said.
‘We had expected this outcome since the petition was filed in June.’
Bauer refused to make a comment himself.
Hill, who was granted a temporary restraining order in June after accusing the athlete of violently assaulting her over the course of two sexual encounters in April and May, was seeking to extend the order for five years.
Earlier in the hearing, the baseball star, who dressed in the same charcoal gray suit he wore yesterday, showed no emotion as the accusations were leveled at him.
Hill’s attorney, Lisa Helfend-Meyer told the court Bauer is a ‘monster’ who should be ordered into a one-year battery program.
She described his alleged assault on Hill as ‘brutal, inhumane, disgusting and violent.’
The lawyer told the court that she herself is the mother of a social needs daughter and added: ‘If somebody did to my daughter what Trevor Bauer did to this woman, I don’t know what I would have done.
‘Trevor Bauer is a monster. He was aggressively abused as a child. And as an adult, he became the abuser.
‘He stalks his victims on the internet.’
On Wednesday, the defense claimed Hill’s text messages after her first rough sexual encounter with Bauer appeared to suggest she was seeking tens of millions of dollars from him.
Dressed in a green jacket, black blouse, and black pants, the 27-year-old took the witness stand again at LA Superior Court as a court hearing to extend the order entered its third day.
Bauer’s attorney Shawn Holley quizzed Hill, a recovering alcoholic, about her texts with her AA sponsor, Lisa Decker, that apparently gave the impression she was after Bauer for money.
In one conversation, Hill was allegedly referring to Bauer when she texted Decker saying: ‘Give me $50 million and just slap my cl*t…’
Trevor Bauer accuser ‘Ms. Hill’ (pictured arriving at court Wednesday) appeared to suggest she was seeking $50million from the baseball star after their first rough sexual encounter, a court heard
The 27-year-old, who was dressed in a green jacket, black blouse, and pants, took the witness stand again at LA Superior Court as a court hearing to extend a temporary restraining order against the athlete to five years entered its third day
Hill has accused Bauer of becoming violent during two sexual encounters in April and May. The San Diego native told the court Wednesday that she was upset that after she sought a restraining order against Bauer, his lawyer issued a statement that ‘slut shamed’ her
When asked by Holley if the message meant ‘it would be okay’ if the baseball star gave her money, Hill responded, ‘no.’
Holley also quoted another message sent to Hill from Decker saying: ‘Hey b***h, pretty soon it’ll be rich b***h.’
When asked why the two were bantering about her becoming a ‘rich,’ Hill told the court they were ‘just joking around’ and said ‘there was no ill intent at all.’
In another text, Decker told Hill to ‘secure the bag.’
‘Isn’t the general meaning of ‘secure the bag’ to get the money?’ Holley asked, to which Hill replied: ‘It can mean that….I’m not sure.’
The blonde haired San Diego native told the court that she was upset that after she sought a restraining order against Bauer, his lawyer issued a statement that ‘slut shamed’ her.
When the domestic violence order against Bauer was filed six weeks ago, Hill texted to a friend: ‘He’s going to know that s**t is going down and he’s f***ed.’
‘You wanted Trevor to have consequences, correct?’ Holley asked Hill. ‘Yes I did,’ she responded.
Bauer (pictured after a hearing on Monday) insists that their sex sessions were consensual.
Bauer appeared in court on Monday dressed in a blue suit with cream shirt and maroon tie, and sat at opposite his accuser
Hill claims she consented to having sex with Bauer on two occasions but, during the encounters, he allegedly punched her repeatedly, choked her unconscious and sodomized her without her consent
Hill was granted a temporary restraining order in June after accusing Bauer of violently assaulting her over the course of two sexual encounters in April and May.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Holley accused Hill of ‘asking for it’ when she went to Bauer’s Pasadena home for a second night on May 15.
Holley listed a string of sexually explicit text messages Hill sent the 30-year-old baseball player after her first rough sex session with him on April 21.
Among them were messages saying, ‘When it’s time to choke me out, you are the best……That was a game changer……Never been more turned on in my life……Give me all the pain……Do it harder.’
Holley pointed out that Hill did not include any of these texts in her declaration to the court, asking for a domestic violence restraining order against Bauer.
‘Did you not think that it was of crucial importance to the court to know that you asked for it….you asked for the sex to be harder and rougher?’ she asked.
‘I did not to ask to be punched,’ replied Hill.
Hill was also asked about two videos she sent Bauer showing a small bruise on her inner thigh after their first sex hookup in April.
She later deleted the videos, said Holley, who added that Hill didn’t also mention them in her declaration.
Bauer’s legal team referenced a string of sexually explicit text messages Hill sent the 30-year-old baseball player after her first rough sex session with him on April 21
Text messages show Hill asks for Bauer to ‘slap’ her and ‘do it harder’
‘You painted a picture of a somewhat violent encounter with Trevor on April 21?’ she asked Hill, who responded ‘Yes.’
‘Yet you didn’t think it was important for the judge to know that you only got a small bruise on your inner thigh.’
Holley told the court that when he received the videos, he allegedly replied to Hill: ‘Sorry if that was me.’
That message was also excluded from Hill’s declaration seeking a restraining order, added the attorney.
Hill also admitted Holley’s contention that she ‘knew rough sex would be on the agenda’ when she went to her second fling with the ballplayer at midnight on May 15.
But when the lawyer asked her: ‘When you go to a man’s house at midnight, it’s a booty call, right? Hill answered ‘No.’
However, she did say yes when asked if she assumed she’d have sex with Bauer that night.
Hill is seen leaving court on day two of her hearing over a restraining order against Bauer
Hill admitted to Holley that when Bauer asked her before their second rough sex session what was ‘off limits’ that night, ‘you only told him putting his fingers down your throat and anal sex.’
The attorney asked Hill if she had told Bauer that she had ‘substituted rough sex for drugs and alcohol’ after she got sober and Hill responded ‘No.’
Holley called into question Hill’s claims that she wanted nothing more to do with Bauer after the second sex encounter, pointing out that on June 18, more than a month after their second tryst, she texted a friend saying she wanted to watch a LA Dodgers game on TV, because ‘Bauer is pitching.’
‘You had deleted all your communications with him but you still wanted to watch him pitch that night?’ asked Holley.
‘Possibly,’ replied Hill, who told the court that she is seeing a therapist and still has trouble sleeping.
She cried in court when her attorney Doreen Olson asked about a press release issued by Bauer’s attorneys which claimed that her encounters with Bauer were consensual.
Describing the press release as ‘slut-shaming,’ she added, ‘I did not consent to have bruises all over my body. And having things done to me while I was unconscious was not consensual.’
After her second sexual encounter with Bauer on May 15, Hill went to the San Diego home of her best friend ‘Mely’ Maya who told the court today, ‘She had two black eyes, scratches to the side of her face….her cheeks were swollen, her lips were swollen.
‘She was in shock. She did not know how to express what happened. She just wanted to lie in bed at my house because she felt safe there after what she had been through.
‘She could hardly open her jaw. She could hardly talk. She had bruises on other parts of her body. There were bruises behind her ears.
‘She told me her jaw hurt, her head hurt, her vagina hurt. She had a very large bruise at the top of her vagina. She had bruises on her butt cheeks.’
Maya added that when Hill filed her restraining order against Hill on June 29, ‘She was very anxious – she just wanted some protection for herself.’
Baseball star Bauer won’t answer questions if he’s called to the witness stand Thursday on the fourth day of his restraining order hearing.
‘He’s going to take the Fifth Amendment,’ his attorney, Shawn Holley, told the court today, referring to the 5th Amendment of the Constitution which allows a person to refuse to testify on the grounds that he might incriminate himself.
In Bauer’s case, his grounds are that he is still under investigation by Pasadena Police Department and consequently would not want to give out information that could be criminally incriminating to himself.
‘He has a legitimate basis for asserting his Fifth Amendment rights,’ said Holley who told the court that Bauer’ s legal team didn’t plan to call any other witnesses.
Hill’s attorneys intend to call Bauer to testify Thursday. They could ask him questions and to each one, he could plead the Fifth. Or, instead of going through that laborious process, Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman could rule that Bauer can invoke his Fifth amendment rights, without taking the stand at all.
Earlier today, Bauer’s attorney called expert witness Dr. Jennifer Hammers – a forensic pathologist – to the witness box and she told the court that when she reviewed the results of CT and MRI scans Hill undertook after her second sex session with Bauer, she found ‘superficial bruising’ but no serious injuries to her head, face or neck.
There was a bruise ‘high up in the public region,’ she added, which could have been cause by ‘a punch or rough sex.’