Report: Trevor Bauer Intends to Invoke 5th Amendment in Restraining Order Hearing

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIAugust 18, 2021

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer works against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 21, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron

A 27-year-old woman who has accused Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer of sexual and physical assault was granted a temporary domestic violence restraining order against the right-hander on June 28, per Brittany Ghiroli and Katie Strang of The Athletic.

An ongoing civil hearing will decide whether that restraining order will be extended to five years or terminated. Per Andrew Dalton of the Associated Press, Bauer intends to utilize his Fifth amendment rights during that process.

Dalton provided the details Wednesday:

"Bauer's attorney Shawn Holley has asked the judge that he be allowed to avoid taking the stand entirely, as defendants are allowed to do in criminal cases, rather than invoke the Fifth on each question as witnesses do in civil matters.
"Holley gave precedent for the move to Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman, who says she will give her decision on the move Thursday morning.
"Holley cited the pending criminal investigation into Bauer by Pasadena police. She says he intends to answer no questions other than what his name is and what he does for a living.
"Bauer has been in court all week for the hearing. He is the last remaining witness that the petitioner's legal team intend to call."

Bauer is currently on administrative leave through at least Aug. 20 following a joint decision between MLB and MLBPA, per Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. He has been on leave since July 2.

Day 3 of the Bauer hearing took place on Wednesday, with the Associated Press providing some details from the proceeding.

"Bauer's attorney Shawn Holley, cross-examining the woman who was on the witness stand in Los Angeles Superior Court for a third day, read from text messages the woman had sent to friends when court documents were first filed in late June. Holley's questioning suggested she was seeking not protection but to hurt Bauer."

The woman responded to numerous questions regarding the texts, including one that stated she felt the media was on her side.

"What does the media freaking out have to do with your safety?" Holley asked.

The woman responded that she felt Bauer's team had shamed her by saying her relationship with the pitcher was wholly consensual, per the AP, and that she was pleased that the media (plus the public on social media) were not attacking her.

The questioning followed a trend from Day 2, which Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today described.

"The attorney for Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer aggressively questioned his accuser in court here Tuesday, bringing up her sexual history with two other Major League Baseball players in an effort to have a restraining order against Bauer dissolved."

Day 1 included the woman's account of her relationship with Bauer as well as the nature of the two sexual encounters the pair had in April and May, leading to the allegations, per Matt Craig of the New York Post.

The hearing will continue Thursday.