Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon named in $15 million sexual assault lawsuit
A woman who alleges Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon sexually assaulted her in a Washington, D.C. hotel a year ago is suing the player for $15 million.
The woman, only identified as Jane Doe, filed the civil lawsuit Thursday in D.C. Superior Court, according to the Associated Press. The suit claims the complainant met Simon at a nightclub on the night of April 27, 2013 and went with him to the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel where, she alleges, he sexually assaulted her.
A copy of the suit was obtained by WMAR-TV in Baltimore. Simon played for the Orioles from 2008 to 2011 before he was claimed off waivers by the Reds.
"This was a very brutal attack," Steve Kelly, one of the woman's lawyers, said Thursday night. "It was very traumatic for her."
The lawsuit claims the then-27-year-old woman and some friends went to a nightclub and were approached by a man claiming to be Simon's manager, who escorted them to a table where Simon and another ballplayer were sitting.
The woman claims she was intoxicated when she and Simon were at his hotel and that she was unable to consent to sex. The suit alleges Simon forced her to have sex with him.
The woman claims she fled the room, took a cab back to the nightclub and recounted the alleged incident to her roommate, according to the lawsuit.
The woman said she was bleeding and in pain when she went to a hospital later that morning for an examination, the suit says. She reported the attack to Washington, D.C. police on May 2.
Police spokesman Hugh Carew told the Associated Press Thursday night that officers forwarded the report to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington. William Miller, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said in an email that the office "typically does not confirm or deny investigations and does not comment on grand jury proceedings."