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

Trevor Bauer provides a pitcher for the Dodgers versus the San Francisco Giants in May 2021. (D. Ross Cameron / Associated Press)

With the appeal of Trevor Bauer’s suspension now anticipated to extend beyond completion of the World Series, among his lawyers has actually asked a Los Angeles court to put a rape trial on hold so she can conclude her deal with behalf of the Dodgers pitcher.

Actor Danny Masterson, best understood for his deal with “That ’70s Show,” was charged in 2020 with 3 counts of rape. He has actually pleaded innocent, and the trial is set to begin Oct. 11.

Shawn Holley, who is representing Masterson and Bauer, has actually asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo to postpone the start of the trial up until January. Holley stated the district lawyer’s workplace did not challenge the hold-up.

But among the declared victims is objecting in a declaration released through her legal representative, Nina Hawkinson.

“My life has been tortured for so many years as a result of what happened to me,” stated the female, determined as “Jane Doe 1” in the event. “Finally, the day of justice was coming and now I see there is another excuse to delay justice, which will only cause greater damage to me and the other victims.

“I hope the Court sees that the matters in this trial, the rights of the victims, and the need for finality of this important matter trump a scheduling conflict related to baseball.”

The appeal of Bauer’s suspension began May 23 and now is anticipated to last up until November, Holley informed the court. The appeal is heard periodically, however Holley stated she is “working full-time” on procedures that she stated include “voluminous” proof and might consist of as numerous as 22 witnesses, just 4 of whom have actually finished statement prior to an independent arbitrator.

In April, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Bauer for 2 years due to the fact that he breached baseball’s policy on sexual attack and domestic violence. Under the policy, worked out in between the league and the gamers’ union, Manfred is empowered to suspend a gamer even if he is not charged with a criminal activity.

Bauer has actually not been charged, and he has actually preserved he did not breach the policy. In accordance with the gamer privacy assured under the policy, Manfred has not stated what Bauer did to necessitate the suspension.

Bauer is the very first gamer suspended under the policy to appeal, the very first to be suspended more than one year, and the very first with whom more than one declared victim has actually been openly determined.

The league’s examination began when a San Diego female implicated him of sexual attack; 2 other ladies have actually informed the Washington Post of comparable interactions with Bauer and have actually spoken to league detectives.

Bauer has actually taken legal action against the San Diego female for character assassination, declaring she lied about her sexual encounters with him to damage his credibility and profession while improving herself. In reaction, the female stated those accusations were “false, fabricated, or bogus.”

In 2021, Bauer signed a three-year, $102-million agreement with the Dodgers. If the suspension is promoted in its whole, Bauer would surrender about $60 million.

A hearing on whether to postpone the rape trial is arranged for Aug. 17.

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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