Today, a California judge made a ruling in the temporary restraining order hearing involving estranged Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer. The judge denied the request for a long-term restraining order, according to several sources.
L.A. Superior Court judge Dianna Gould-Saltman has ruled to dissolve the temporary restraining order obtained against Trevor Bauer, stating that he does not pose a threat to the woman and that her injuries were not the result of anything she verbally objected to.
— Alden González (@Alden_Gonzalez) August 19, 2021
The judge ruled that Bauer “did not coerce her or threaten her into sexual activity.”
Bauer’s attorney spoke outside the courthouse after the ruling.
“We are grateful to the Los Angeles Superior Court for denying the request for a permanent restraining order and dissolving the temporary restraining order against Mr. Bauer today. While we have expected this outcome since the petition was filed in June, we appreciate the Court reviewing all relevant information and testimony to make this informed decision.”
The pitcher has been on paid administrative leave since July 2nd after a San Diego woman accused him of sexual assault. While Bauer is now free of the protection order, Pasadena Police are still investigating the allegations which could lead to criminal charges. Additionally, Major League Baseball is conducting its own investigation into the allegations.
The league investigation could lead to a suspension if it finds that Bauer did anything that didn’t adhere to its own domestic violence policy.
Bottom line: If MLB concludes that Bauer did ANYTHING sexually to the woman while she was unconscious, that is the definition of "sexual assault" according to MLB's Domestic Violence policy. pic.twitter.com/G7VaZ4PSIm
— Jeff J. Snider (@snidog) August 19, 2021
Bauer’s administrative leave is set to expire tomorrow at this time. If MLB attempts to extend it again, the league will have to get approval from the players union.
More to come on this story.