Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer sues The Athletic over sexual assault allegations.
Dodgers right-hander Trevor Bauer has filed a defamation lawsuit against the sports site known as The Athletic and former MLB reporter Molly Knight for excluding information from sexual assault charges filed against him last year.
At the heart of Bauer’s lawsuit is the claim that Knight and the Athletic withheld medical records from Bauer’s accuser, which showed the woman did not have an “acute” skull fracture. Instead, Bauer’s lawsuit alleges, Knight and The Athletic helped.”[spread] the false narrative” that Bauer had fractured his skull.
The woman accused Bauer of choking her and hitting her during sex.
The Athletic published the following update to its article on Bauer, stating that “the woman was initially diagnosed with signs of a basilar skull fracture, a subsequent CT scan found no sharp fracture.”
Bauer’s lawsuit contends that “false reporting by The Athletic led to a proliferation of articles and tweets referencing a nonexistent skull fracture.”
Despite having to make a significant update to their story, a spokesperson for The Athletic told The Hill that they feel “safe” in their reporting and plan to contest Bauer’s lawsuit.
Like Yahoo! sports reports“The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced in February that they would not press charges against Bauer, stating that they ‘could not prove the relevant charges beyond a reasonable doubt’.
Following the court’s decision, Bauer posted a video on YouTube asserting his innocence.
“I never assaulted her in any way, at any time,” Bauer said. “And, while we did have consensual rough sex, the disturbing acts and behaviors that she described just didn’t happen.”
Bauer’s defamation lawsuit against The Athletic was filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California. Also, the Dodgers pitcher has another defamation lawsuit against Deadspin.