Reds’ Alfredo Simon Sued, Accused of Rape
According to Rachel Axon of USA Today, Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Alfredo Simon has been accused of rape in a civil lawsuit filed in Washington DC Superior Court.
The woman, who filed the lawsuit as ‘Jane Doe’, is seeking $15 million in damages total ($5 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages). Simon is making $1.5 million in 2014 with the Reds, so the complaint is asking for ten times his salary.
She claims that she met Alfredo Simon and Johnny Cueto on April 27, 2013 at The Huxley nightclub in Washington DC. The suit claims that that a man claiming to be Simon’s agent introducted the two pitchers to the woman and her friends, even offering free tickets to the next day’s Nationals/Reds game.
According to the complaint, Simon bought the girls a few drinks before proclaiming
We are getting out of here
and ordering a cab, taking the woman to the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel. The complaint claims that the woman was in no shape to consent to anything as she was “visibly intoxicated”.
The complaint goes on to describe how the night went from kissing and romance to alleged forceful, non-consensual intercourse. The USA today piece goes into more graphic detail that is not safe for work, check it out if you would like to read the complaint’s details.
The woman did report the alleged assault to police and took a rape kit, which showed damage that could indicate a struggle. A grand jury decided not to pursue charges with the case, which is why the woman is filing the civil suit.
The Reds declined comment to USA today, but Simon’s lawyer Jack Quinn said:
The allegations are totally baseless
Mr. Simon will defend this matter fully and will be totally exonerated
This isn’t Simon’s first run in with the law, as he was accused in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter in the Dominican Republic when he and friends fired guns into the air to celebrate New Years and Michel Castillo Almonte was killed by one of the bullets. He was acquitted of the crime but did spend three months in prison during the investigation.
We’ll see how it all plays out, and we’ll see if Major League Baseball takes any action against Simon while the case is reviewed in the courts. Until then, best wishes to the alleged victim and her family.