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Medical experts took the stand in the LA Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer's restraining-order hearing.
Kelly Valencia, the nurse who examined the woman accusing Bauer of sexual assault, testified.
"I had never seen that before," she said about injuries to the woman's genitals. "It was frankly alarming."
A judge on Tuesday heard testimony from a nurse who examined the woman accusing Trevor Bauer of sexual assault. It was the second day of hearings related to allegations against the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher.
Kelly Valencia, a forensic nurse examiner who had been called by the woman's legal team to testify about her injuries, said she administered a Sexual Assault Response Team exam, or SART exam, to the woman in May.
"I had never seen that before," Valencia told the court, describing "red and purple" bruising around the woman's genitals.
"It was frankly alarming," she said.
On June 29, the woman filed an ex parte restraining order against Bauer accusing the MLB pitcher of assaulting her during two sexual encounters in April and May. She is seeking a five-year extension to the restraining order.
Bauer has denied all wrongdoing. His lawyer, Jon Fetterolf, denied allegations of sexual abuse and said the encounters between Bauer and the woman were consensual.
Bauer is on leave from the Dodgers, and the Pasadena Police Department has said it's investigating the allegations, CBS Los Angeles reported.
In the restraining order and during sworn testimony in court this week, the woman alleged that during the second encounter, Bauer strangled her with her own hair until she lost consciousness and repeatedly punched her in the face, buttocks, and genitals, which she said led her to seek medical treatment.
Valencia testified that she treated the woman at Palomar Health on May 16 after the San Diego Police Department referred her. The SART exam is an evidentiary medical assessment for people alleging sexual assault conducted in coordination with medical professionals, law enforcement, and advocates.
"When she walked in, I noticed visible facial injuries," Valencia told the court, adding that during the exam she noted that the woman also had injuries to her genitals and buttocks. She said the woman also described being choked by her own hair.
Valencia said the woman appeared to have "raccoon eyes" and explained that it's a common bruising reaction to strangulation. Valencia declined to connect the observation with the woman's testimony about being choked, saying it was "beyond my scope."
Valencia testified that she did not believe the woman needed further treatment but that the woman did have a follow-up appointment scheduled with a nurse.
During cross-examination, the defense focused on the nature of the woman's injuries.
Fetterolf asked if ibuprofen, which the woman had taken, could "exacerbate bruising." Valencia agreed that it could but said she could not testify that the photos of bruising may look worse.
Fetterolf also asked about the possibility of "intentional self-harm." Valencia said the woman did not self-harm.
Valencia told the court that during her SART exam she recalled the woman saying Bauer sexually assaulted her in their first encounter. Valencia said the woman told her during the exam that "it was like the first time but with marks."
In the initial restraining order and in her testimony, the woman said she connected with Bauer after tagging him in an Instagram Story. She testified that after they talked, he invited her to his home in Pasadena. She told the judge that there they talked for hours and began kissing but that he soon strangled her to the point that she lost consciousness. She said that she woke up to Bauer anally penetrating her and that she did not consent.
She also testified that the second time they met, Bauer again strangled her to the point of unconsciousness and then punched her all over her body. She told the court that it made her feel "like a rag doll" and "like my soul left my body."
Bauer's attorneys have argued that the encounters were wholly consensual, citing text messages sent by the woman, and claimed that she had previous sexual encounters with other baseball players.
The hearing is set to resume on Wednesday with additional witnesses.
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