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Danny Masterson attorney asks for trial hold to focus on Trevor Bauer appeal

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer is working against the San Francisco Giants.
Trevor Bauer pitching for the Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants in May 2021. (D. Ross Cameron/Associated Press)

With Trevor Bauer’s suspension appeal now expected to be extended beyond the end of the World Series, one of his attorneys has asked a Los Angeles court to stay the rape trial so she can complete her work on behalf of the Dodgers pitcher.

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Actor Danny Masterson, best known for his work on That ’70s Show, was charged in 2020 with three cases of rape. He has pleaded not guiltyand the trial is due to begin on 11 October.

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Sean Holley, representing Masterson and Bauer, has asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlene Olmedo to delay the start of the trial until January. Holley said the district attorney’s office had no objection to the delay.

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But one of the alleged victims objects in a statement through her attorney, Nina Hawkinson.

“My life has been tormented for so many years because of what happened to me,” said the woman, who was named “Jane Doe 1” in the case. “The day of justice has finally arrived, and now I see another excuse for delaying justice, which will only cause more damage to me and other victims.

“I hope the court sees that the issues of this trial, the rights of the victims and the need for a final decision on this important issue is more important than the baseball-related scheduling conflict.”

The appeal against Bauer’s suspension began on May 23 and is expected to run until November, Holley told the court. The appeal is intermittent, but Holly said she is “working full time” on the trial, which she says involves “voluminous” evidence and could include up to 22 witnesses, only four of whom testified before an independent arbitrator.

In April, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred banned Bauer for two years because he violated baseball’s sexual assault and domestic violence policy. In accordance with the policy agreed between the league and the players’ union, Manfred has the right to suspend a player even if he has not been charged with a crime.

Bauer was not charged, and he claimed he did not violate the policy. In accordance with the player’s promised privacy policy, Manfred did not say what Bauer had done to justify the suspension.

Bauer is the first player suspended under the appeals policy, the first player to be suspended for more than one year, and the first with more than one alleged victim publicly identified with.

The league investigation began when a woman from San Diego accused him sexual violence; two other women spoke to the Washington Post about similar interactions with Bauer and spoke to league investigators.

Bower sued. San Diego woman for libel, claiming she lied about her sexual encounters with him in order to ruin his reputation and career while enriching herself. In reply, the woman said these accusations were “false, fabricated or fictitious”.

In 2021, Bauer signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Dodgers. If the suspension is upheld, Bauer will lose about $60 million.

A hearing on whether to adjourn the rape trial has been scheduled for August 17.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.


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