MLB star Trevor Bauer has denied assault allegations made against him.
The 30-year-old's denial comes after a woman was granted a temporary domestic violence restraining order against him this week. The alleged victim's attorney, March Garelick, alleged that his client "suffered severe physical and emotional pain" as a result of a "recent assault" from the Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher.
"Our goal is to keep Mr. Bauer from contacting our client in any way possible. 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," Garelick said.
The Pasadena Police Department are said to be investigating the alleged assault, which took place in mid-May.
Bauer's agent Jon Fetterolf addressed the allegations and said that his client had a brief consensual sexual relationship with the woman in question which began in April. "We have messages that show [the accuser] repeatedly asking for 'rough' sexual encounters involving requests to be 'choked out' and slapped in the face," Fetterolf told TMZ.
Fetterolf said that Bauer and the woman had two encounters, in which she drove from San Diego to the athlete's Pasadena home and told him what she wanted from him sexually, to which he obliged.
"Following each of her only two meetings with Mr. Bauer, [the accuser] 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 accuser] shared photos of herself and indicated that she had sought medical care for a concussion," Fetterolf said. "Mr. Bauer responded with concern and confusion, and [the accuser] was neither angry nor accusatory.
"Mr. Bauer and [the accuser] have not corresponded in over a month and have not seen each other in over six weeks. Her basis for filing a protection order is nonexistent, fraudulent, and deliberately omits key facts, information, and her own relevant communications. 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."
In a statement, the Dodgers said they were "made aware of the allegations against Trevor Bauer late this afternoon and immediately contacted Major League Baseball, which will be handling the matter. The Dodgers take any allegations of this nature very seriously but will have no further comment at this time."
In February, Bauer signed a three-year, $102 million contract that included two player options with the Dodgers. Prior to joining the Dodgers, he played for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks.