An unidentified woman filed a lawsuit in Washington, D.C. Superior Court Thursday alleging that Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon raped her in April 2013 while the Reds were in town to play the Nationals.
USA Today broke news of the suit Thursday afternoon.
The lawsuit, filed under the name Jane Doe, alleges that the 32-year-old Simon turned what initially appeared to be a romantic encounter into a violent assault in which Simon anally raped the woman.
Here’s what you need to know about the allegations:
1. The Woman Says the Incident Happened After a Night of Drinking
According to the account of the suit published by USA Today, Simon and Reds teammate Johnny Cueto met the plaintiff and some of her friends at The Huxley nightclub on April 27, 2013. The suit says the woman was “visibly intoxicated” when Simon hailed a cab back to the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel (pictured above in 2010.)
USA Today describes the allegations as follows:
Defendant abruptly changed his behavior from a romantic encounter to a terrifying physical attack. As soon as Defendant started to get rough with her, Jane Doe told him to stop. Defendant ignored that plea, pinning Jane Doe down on her stomach while she struggled and continued to demand Defendant stop and get off her.
The story continues:
According to the complaint and the police report the woman filed with Metro Police four days later, Simon tried unsuccessfully to force his penis in the woman’s vagina. He then forced his penis into her rectum, “causing Plaintiff to cry out in unbearable physical pain as he continued to rape her anally,” the complaint says.
2. Simon Was Acquitted of Involuntary Manslaughter in 2011
In January 2011, police identified Simon as the main suspect in a New Year’s Eve homicide in the Dominican Republic. Simon was suspected of killing 25-year-old Michael Castillo Almonte and injuring Almonte’s brother.
In November 2011, Simon was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter. His attorney told the Associated Press that experts testified that the bullet used to kill Almonte did not come from Simon’s gun and that no witnesses saw Simon fire a weapon.
At the time, Simon was pitching for the Baltimore Orioles. He’s pictured above pitching at Yankee Stadium in August 2011, three months before the acquittal.
3. The Woman Pursued Criminal Charges in 2013
According to reports from USA Today and NBC Washington, the plaintiff reported the incident to police the day after it happened, but prosecutors declined to take up the case.
According to USA Today, the woman testified before a grand jury on May 9, 2013 and an assistant U.S. Attorney told the woman’s lawyer on May 15, 2013 that prosectors would not pursue the case.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington declined to comment to NBC Washington.
4. The Plaintiff Is Seeking $15 Million
The woman is seeking $5 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages.
According to Baseball Reference, Simon is due $1.5 million this year, brining his career earnings to almost $3.3 million.
5. Simon Is Having a Good Year on the Mound
Simon (pictured pitching April 23 against the Pirates) has pitched in the Majors for parts of seven seasons since coming up with the Orioles in 2008. His career has been plagued by injuries and inconsistency, but he pitched well enough out of the bullpen in 2013 (6-4 with a 2.87 Earned Run Average) to warrant a promotion to the starting rotation.
In four starts this year, he’s 3-1 and is third in the National League with 1.30 ERA.