After reaching a settlement in his legal dispute, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer on Monday revealed the text messages his accuser sent to her friends.
Bauer was placed on administrative leave by his team before any investigation was conducted after Lindsey Hill accused him of beating and sexually assaulting her twice in 2021. He never faced charges relating to the allegations, and a restraining order filed by Hill was denied. Bauer always maintained that the rough sex between him and Hill was consensual.
Once the settlement was announced, Bauer released a video revealing some of the text messages Hill sent to her friends prior to meeting Bauer and after their encounter that suggests she was always focused on getting money from him.
2 years later and I can finally talk about this ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/o6jFqMzY05
— Trevor Bauer (トレバー・バウアー) (@BauerOutage) October 2, 2023
“’Next victim. Star pitcher for the Dodgers,’” Bauer begins in the video with a picture of Hill’s text. “A text Lindsey Hill sent to a friend before she ever even met me. ‘What should I steal?’ she asked another, in reference to visiting my house for the first time. The answer? ‘Take his money.’ So how might that work? ‘I’m going to his house Wednesday.’ she said, ‘I already have my hooks in. You know how I roll.’ Then, after the first time we met, “Net worth is 51 mil” she said. ‘b—h, you better secure the bag’, was the response.”
“But how was she going to do that?” Bauer continued. “‘Need daddy to choke me out,’ she said. ‘being an absolute whore to try to get in on his 51 million,’ read another text. Then, after the second time we met, former [San Diego] Padres pitcher Jacob Nix told her ‘you gotta get this bag.’ ‘I’ll give you 50,000’ Lindsey replied. Her AA sponsor asked her at one point, ‘do you feel a tiny bit guilty?’ ‘Not really,’ she replied.”
Bauer said these messages were “deliberately and unlawfully concealed from me and my legal team” until he filed his lawsuit against Hill and the case entered discovery.
He also played a video taken just minutes before Hill left Bauer’s house in the morning after the alleged assault, showing her in bed next to him smirking at the camera with no evidence of injury or distress.
He said Hill’s legal team had approached him for money, but after this evidence was turned over, they approached with a settlement offer that included no money. He agreed to a settlement that allowed him to publicly discuss the case since he could not do so for legal reasons prior.
“Now over the last two years, I’ve been forced to defend my integrity and my reputation in a very public setting, but hopefully this is the last time I have to do so, as I’d prefer to just remain focused on doing my job, winning baseball games and entertaining fans around the world. So today I’m happy to be moving on with my life,” Bauer concluded his video.
After the settlement, Bauer’s attorneys released a statement.
“Trevor Bauer and Lindsey Hill have settled all outstanding litigation,” Bauer’s attorneys, Jon Fetterolf and Shawn Holley, said in a statement on Monday, according to Fox News. “Both of their respective claims have been withdrawn with prejudice, effective today. Mr. Bauer did not make — and never has made — any payments to Ms. Hill, including to resolve their litigation. “
“With this matter now at rest, Mr. Bauer can focus completely on baseball,” the attorneys added.
Bauer was suspended for 324 games due solely to the allegations, but that ban was reduced to 194 games by an independent arbitrator in December, Fox reported. No team picked him up, so he began playing in Japan for the Yokohama DeNa Baystars, where he was 10-4 with a 2.76 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 19 games.
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In March 2022, Bauer sued The Athletic for defamation after it reported that Hill sustained a fractured skull due to Bauer’s alleged attack. Bauer in his lawsuit said the Athletic had access to Hill’s medical records, which showed no skull fracture, yet published the information anyway.
“While this is not the time or the place to address every single lie or falsehood that this woman or her lawyers made to the court, I do want to be crystal clear about a few things,” Bauer said in a February 2022 video in which he defended himself. “I never punched this woman in the face. I never punched her in the vagina. I never scratched her face. I never had anal sex with her or sodomized her in any way. I never assaulted her in any way at any time. While we did have consensual rough sex, the disturbing acts and conduct that she described simply did not occur.”
Bauer eventually dropped his lawsuit against the Athletic.
He later sued Hill for defamation, but she countersued. The two settled and exchanged no money, though Hill will receive $300,000 from her insurance company, which is independent of her settlement with Bauer.
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