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Choose dismisses Trevor Bauer’s defamation swimsuit in opposition to Deadspin

Today a federal judge granted our motion to dismiss Trevor Bauer’s defamation suit.

At the moment a federal choose granted our movement to dismiss Trevor Bauer’s defamation swimsuit.
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Former Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer sued Deadspin and former managing editor Chris Baud over three statements in this article from 2021, written a couple of short-term restraining order a girl wanted a sexual encounter with Bauer. In line with the girl, the intercourse was initially consensual however changed into a violent sexual assault. Bauer claimed that three statements in our article had been defamatory – that his lawyer didn’t deny he was liable for her accidents, that the sufferer didn’t consent to having her face overwhelmed and her cranium fractured (we all know), and that it was solely the preliminary CT scan that confirmed a fracture. Bauer alleged that the statements had been false as a result of he didn’t truly fracture the sufferer’s cranium and no CT scan ever confirmed a fracture.

However the Honorable Choose Paul A. Crotty of the USA District Court docket for the Southern District of New York disagreed with Bauer’s claims, granting Deadspin’s movement to dismiss Bauer’s lawsuit with prejudice. A dismissal with prejudice implies that the case alleging the identical details cannot be filed once more.

In a 16-page opinion, Crotty acknowledged that Deadspin didn’t considerably misrepresent the girl’s claims in opposition to Bauer. Crotty additional wrote:

“The Petition and accompanying medical data point out that, following (the girl’s’) encounter with Bauer, a health care provider — (not the girl) herself — recognized her with “important head and facial trauma” and signs of a basilar cranium fracture, together with “racoon eyes” and a “Battle’s signal,” that are observable indicators of a possible fracture … These signs weren’t merely ‘self-reported,’ however primarily based on a doctor’s preliminary examination and statement of (the girl). Which means the true bridge between the contested Statements — (Bauer) fractured (the girl’s) cranium as recognized by an preliminary CT scan-and actuality — (Bauer) induced (the girl) facial trauma that a health care provider initially recognized as signs of a cranium fracture — is sufficiently small to render the ‘gist’ or ‘sting’ of the statements unchanged.”

Crotty continued, “Whether or not these accidents included a cranium fracture or just ‘important head and facial trauma’ and bruising doesn’t change the character of the accusations, nor would it not produce a unique impact on the thoughts of the reader.”

Right here’s the place we level out that the headline within the piece that obtained Bauer so fired up mentioned he ought to by no means pitch in MLB once more. Thus far, he hasn’t.

We at Deadspin are heartened by the choice and stay dedicated to reporting on and exposing violence in opposition to girls by athletes, irrespective of how well-known.



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