With the appeal against Trevor Bauer’s suspension expected to last beyond the end of the World Series, one of his attorneys has asked a Los Angeles court to suspend a rape case so she can do her job on behalf of the Dodgers- pitcher can complete.
Actor Danny Masterson, best known for his work on That ’70s Show, was charged with three rapes in 2020. He pleaded innocent and the trial begins on October 11.
Shawn Holley, who represents Masterson and Bauer, has asked Los Angeles Supreme Court Justice Charlaine Olmedo to delay the start of the trial until January. Holley said the district attorney’s office had no objection to the delay.
But one of the alleged victims objects in a statement from her attorney, Nina Hawkinson.
“My life has been tortured for so many years as a result of what happened to me,” said the woman, identified in the case as “Jane Doe 1”. “Finally the day of justice came and now I see that there is another excuse to delay justice, which will only do more harm to me and the other victims.
“I hope the Court understands that the cases in this trial, the victims’ rights and the need to finalize this important case trump any scheduling conflict related to baseball.”
The appeal against Bauer’s suspension began on May 23 and is expected to last until November, Holley told the court. The appeal is being heard intermittently, but Holley said she is working “full-time” on proceedings that she believes contain “voluminous” evidence and that there could be as many as 22 witnesses, only four of whom have testified before an independent arbitrator. .
In April, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Bauer for two years for violating baseball’s sexual assault and domestic violence policies. Under the policy negotiated between the league and the players’ union, Manfred has the power to suspend a player even if he is not charged with a crime.
Bauer has not been charged and he has maintained that he did not violate policy. In keeping with the player confidentiality promised under the policy, Manfred did not say what Bauer did to justify the suspension.
Bauer is the first player to be banned from appeal under the policy, the first to be banned for more than a year, and the first to have more than one alleged victim publicly identified.
The league’s investigation began when a San Diego woman accused him of sexual assault; two other women have told the Washington Post of similar interactions with Bauer and have spoken with league researchers.
Bauer has sued the San Diego woman for defamation, alleging she lied about her sexual encounters with him in order to destroy his reputation, career and enrich herself. In response, the woman said those allegations were “false, fabricated or bogus”.
In 2021, Bauer signed a $102 million three-year contract with the Dodgers. If the suspension is upheld in its entirety, Bauer will lose approximately $60 million.
A hearing on postponing the rape case is scheduled for August 17.