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Suspended pitcher Trevor Bauer suffers two setbacks in court as his legal battles continue

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Trevor Bauer Seeking revenge on some people and publications He suffered two setbacks in court Wednesday when a federal judge ruled in favor of two people Bauer sued and accused of financially harming him.

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Among those accused is a San Diego woman who accused the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher of choking and beating her last year during two sexual encounters at his Pasadena home.

The other accused is the woman’s former lawyer, Fareed Thiagarajah.

US District Court Judge James F. Silna agreed on a motion by Thyagaraja to dismiss Bauer’s defamation lawsuit against him, stating that Bauer had not fulfilled the burden of proving the likelihood of success on the merits of that lawsuit against him.

The judge’s ruling stated that Thyagaraja “is entitled to recover reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, and must make an application within seven days.”

In another ruling, the same judge also denied Bauer’s attempt to dismiss a counterclaim filed against him by a San Diego woman. After Bauer He sued her for defamation in AprilThe woman responded to him in August, confirming her claims that he had gone too far in their encounters without her consent.

The lawsuit can now be filed against Bauer, who has not played since the woman made her claims public in June 2021. But His biggest fight continuesHis case against the woman is still pending with two other cases against two women sports websites And two journalists. He is seeking damages from them after accusing them of defamation and blaming them for much of the trouble he is getting into as he tries to restart his baseball career.

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In the Thiagaraga case, Bauer’s attorneys took issue with comments he made to The Washington Post in February after the Los Angeles district attorney’s office declined to file criminal charges against Bauer over what happened between him and the San Diego woman in April and May 2021.

“There is no doubt that Mr Power was brutalized” by his client last year, Thiagaraja told the newspaper. Bauer’s lawyers say this is false and defamatory.

Thiagarajah’s lawyers say he was only giving a “fair and factual report” on A.J The court session in which Bauer and the woman participated last yearprotected by law. A state family court judge at that hearing ruled against the woman’s request for a permanent restraining order against Bauer, but also noted that the photos of the woman’s injuries were “horrific”. The woman went to the hospital after her second encounter with Bauer, where she was diagnosed with blunt force trauma and assault by strangulation. Bauer’s legal team says these photos have been “manipulated”.

The judge’s ruling Wednesday cited the Thyagaraja First Amendment right to free speech.

“The Court analyzed this case in the context of Bauer’s preliminary defamation litigation and found that Thiagaraga’s comments were substantially true and informed the essence of the state court’s proceedings,” said Celna’s ruling in the California Central District Federal Court. For this reason, the court similarly found that Thiagarajah’s statements were protected by the privilege of fair reporting.

Bauer was placed on paid administrative leave after the woman in June 2021 filed her application for a temporary restraining order against him. Major League Baseball investigated her and other allegations and then suspended him for two seasons in April. He has denied any wrongdoing This comment may be appealed After declaring his relationship with the woman, he engaged in violent, consensual sex.

Power’s attorneys have asked the court to dismiss her counterclaim, arguing that she should not be allowed to transfer what was hashed out in family court last year at the restraining order hearing. But Judge Selna noted that the judge at the restraining order hearing did not clearly determine whether the woman was beaten by him as she alleges in her counterclaim.

Instead, the state court judge made her decision based on the woman’s failure to provide sufficient evidence with a reasonable basis to fear future harm from Bauer, Selna’s ruling said. Selna’s ruling also stated that a state court judge indicated that the woman’s scope of consent was “unclear.”

Selna’s ruling read: “Notwithstanding (the woman’s) consent to some form of violent sex, Bauer engaged in acts while (she) was unconscious, when she was physically and legally unable to give consent.”

“The court found that state court proceedings did not necessarily determine that Bauer did not beat or sexually assault (the woman) … For the foregoing reasons, the court rejects Bauer’s motion to dismiss (the woman’s) counterclaims against him.”

A February 2024 trial is set for Bauer’s defamation lawsuit against her. A judge’s ruling dismissing Thiagarajah from one of the lawsuits now means Power has defamation lawsuits pending against five people or publications instead of six.

Follow reporter Brent Schrotenbuer @employee. Email: [email protected]

This article originally appeared in the USA TODAY: Trevor Bauer received two court losses by a federal judge

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