Trevor Bauer is still working to change the perception of his critics within the court of public opinion.
On Monday, Trevor Bauer reached a settlement with the first of his four sexual assault accusers, concluding their legal dispute.
Following this development, Lindsey Hill, one of the accusers, responded on Tuesday to Bauer’s recent video presentation, wherein he shared text messages and a video meant to support his claims of being unjustly treated and having his career impacted.
Throughout the entire process, the 32-year-old pitcher vehemently denied the accusations leveled against him. In July 2021, MLB placed him on administrative leave in light of the allegations.
Hill had accused Bauer of assaulting her on two separate occasions at his Pasadena, California, residence, asserting that these incidents occurred during what initially appeared to be consensual sexual encounters. In his video statement, Bauer discussed the incident and presented incriminating messages exchanged between the woman and her friends.
“‘Next victim. A star pitcher for the Dodgers,’” Bauer said in the video. “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.
Lindsey Hill, the individual who made accusations against Trevor Bauer, addressed the pitcher’s X video in a Tuesday interview.
During her appearance on “Prime Time with Alex Stein,” Hill clarified that she used the term “victim” in a joking context and acknowledged that it was not an appropriate word choice. She explained that this choice of words was influenced by her previous relationships and not meant to be taken seriously.
“This was exactly what Trevor wanted to do was random pick three or four texts and weave it into a narrative where I just look horrible. I explained that in my deposition and random things. I like to joke, I’m very sarcastic, sometimes inappropriate. Anyone who knows me would know that,” Hill said on “Prime Time with Alex Stein.”
“These are just private text messages with my friends and agreed victim is not the word there, but [in] my past I have been involved with other baseball players, that was my world at the time and I had already dated baseball players and it was a funny, sarcastic way to say, ‘Here’s the next one I’m going to try to get attention from,’ and it was a lot of ego and attention-seeking behavior, which is what I can own and what he can’t do is own any part. I can totally own the attention-seeking behavior but these texts in the grand scheme don’t address what happened at all. This was before any of our interactions or anything like that.”
The most significant piece of evidence shared by Bauer was a video that followed the alleged 2021 sexual encounter, in which Hill appeared to be smiling and without any visible bruises.
Hill asserted that, during that moment, she was filled with emotion and had only recorded the video to send to her cousin as reassurance that everything was okay. Regarding the absence of bruises, she explained that not enough time had passed for the bruises to become apparent.
Hill further mentioned that she possesses selfies from that time that clearly display the injuries she claims to have suffered.
“Any normal person can see that bruises will take time,” Hill said.
“I was more than willing to go to trial, more than confident in what that would have portrayed and revealed on a public scale,” Hill said. “Especially over the last year or so [I] have completely crumbled and my soul has been crushed by litigation and all this stuff, and I just made the decision that nothing is worth public vindication or anything like that (compared to) what I was going through and feeling at the moment.
“I just had to make that decision that my mental health and my healing is more important to me than getting every single thing public and bringing the truth to the situation.”
In the aftermath of the accusations, Bauer faced a MLB suspension lasting 324 games, marking the most extensive penalty ever imposed for a breach of the league’s domestic violence policy.
In his video statement, he emphatically stated, “I unequivocally deny any sexual assault of Lindsey Hill.”
Now, with his Major League Baseball career virtually at an end, he has taken to pitching in Japan.