Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer and the San Diego woman who initially accused him of sexual assault, setting in motion the investigation that ultimately resulted in an unprecedented suspension from Major League Baseball, have reached a resolution to their civil lawsuits outside the courtroom, with no financial exchange taking place between the two parties.
The woman had accused Trevor Bauer of sexually assaulting her in two incidents during the spring of 2021, which led to the former Cy Young Award winner being placed on administrative leave that July. Subsequently, in Los Angeles Superior Court, the woman’s request for a permanent restraining order was denied, and the district attorney’s office opted not to pursue criminal charges against Bauer. However, MLB, possessing the authority to impose penalties independently of the criminal justice system and having consulted with other women who had made similar allegations, imposed a 324-game suspension on Bauer in April 2022, a punishment twice as long as any previous under its domestic violence policy.
An impartial arbitrator later reduced the suspension to 194 games in December and ruled for Bauer’s reinstatement, prompting the Dodgers to release him. Currently, Bauer is pitching in Japan.
In April 2022, Trevor Bauer filed a defamation lawsuit against the woman, and four months later, the woman countersued for sexual battery. The court proceedings were slated to commence in February, but both sides have mutually agreed to drop their respective cases. Lindsey Hill, the woman, will receive $300,000 from her insurance policy, which will be placed in a trust account with her lawyers’ offices, as stated in an email from Hill’s legal representatives, which was provided by a spokesperson for Bauer.
“Trevor Bauer and Lindsey Hill have resolved all outstanding legal disputes,” remarked Bauer’s legal team, Jon Fetterolf and Shawn Holley, in a statement released on Monday. “Both parties have withdrawn their respective claims with prejudice, effective immediately. Mr. Bauer has not made any payments to Ms. Hill, nor has he ever done so, including for the resolution of their legal matters. With this matter now concluded, Mr. Bauer can fully concentrate on his baseball career.”
In previous reporting, ESPN refrained from disclosing the woman’s identity in this case, in line with its general policy of not revealing the identities of sexual assault victims. However, her legal team disclosed her identity in comments made on Monday.
One of Hill’s attorneys, Bryan Freedman, conveyed the following in a statement: “In April 2022, Trevor Bauer initiated a defamation lawsuit against Lindsey Hill. In what turned out to be a highly favorable resolution for Lindsey, neither she nor anyone acting on her behalf made any payments to Trevor Bauer. Not a single dollar. Furthermore, Lindsey received $300,000 from her insurance company. Based on this payment, Lindsey agreed to settle the lawsuit. Now that the legal dispute has concluded, Lindsey eagerly anticipates assisting others.”
In a subsequent near-four-minute YouTube video, Trevor Bauer, 32, asserted that Hill’s legal team had approached him “multiple times” about a financial settlement, which his side consistently declined. In the video, Bauer contended that the defamation lawsuit enabled his legal team to unearth additional cell phone evidence that had been “intentionally and unlawfully concealed” from his attorneys, including a video showing a woman “lying in bed next to me while I’m sleeping, smirking at the camera without a care in the world – or any mark on her face” on the morning following the second alleged incident.
“I believe it paints a very clear picture of what truly transpired on the evening of May 15th and why the video was initially kept hidden from us,” Bauer added.
Hill’s initial application for a temporary restraining order included documentation indicating that she had been diagnosed with an acute head injury and manual strangulation-related assault at a San Diego-area hospital, along with other injuries, stemming from what she described as consensual rough sexual activity that had escalated. Kelly Valencia, the forensic nurse examiner who conducted the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) examination on Hill later that night, testified during the initial hearing in August 2021. She noted that the bruising she documented outside the woman’s vagina was unlike anything she had encountered in her more than 40 years of experience.
“It was quite frankly alarming,” she remarked.
Trevor Bauer referred to the cell phone video and previously deleted text messages from Hill as “critical information” that allows him to “clear my name.”
“Over the past two years, I’ve been compelled to defend my integrity and reputation in a highly publicized setting. Hopefully, this marks the last time I have to do so, as I would prefer to focus solely on performing my job, winning baseball games, and entertaining fans around the world,” Bauer concluded in his video. “Today, I am thrilled to move forward with my life.”