Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon accused of sexual assault, sued by New Jersey woman

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Cincinnati Reds pitcher is being sued in a $15 million lawsuit filed Thursday in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  

In court documents, a New Jersey woman claims Alfredo Simon sexually assaulted her in Washington, D.C. last spring.

The lawsuit claims the victim met Simon in a D.C. nightclub, Huxley, on the night of April 27, 2013.

The woman said she was approached by Kevin Verdin, who claimed to be the defendant's manager. He told her that Simon, and another man (Johnny Cueto) were professional baseball players. He carried on an extensive conversation with the woman and her friends, and offered them tickets to the following day's game with the Nationals.

Court documents say Verdin talked with the woman and her friends, eventually building trust. He escorted them to the table where Simon and Cueto were sitting, and introduced the woman to Simon.

While the woman talked with Cueto, Simon bought the woman drinks, the record claims.

Records show she claims Simon grabbed her hand and said "we are getting out of here," before taking her to the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, where the Reds purchased more than 100 rooms for its players.

The victim's attorney, Baltimore-based Steven Kelly, claims she was intoxicated and unable to give consent to any sexual contact.  

The lawsuit claims Simon and the woman began a romantic encounter before Simon got rough with her. He forced himself on her in what the suit calls a "terrifying physical attack." The woman told Simon to stop, but he ignored her plea, and pinned her down on her stomach while she struggled and tried to get Simon off of her.

The woman says Simon grabbed her hair, and began to rape her, causing unbearable physical pain as he performed various sex acts.

The suit says the woman was crying and disoriented as a result of the "brutal physical attack."

She ran from Simon's room, and took a taxi back to Huxley to get help from her roommate. She told her roommate what had happened, while she was still in pain and bleeding.

The woman says she went for a sexual assault forensic exam (SAFE) the following morning at the Washington Hospital Center. The exam revealed swelling, tears, abrasions and protruding tissue from the woman's sex organs, the record says.

The incident was reported to D.C. Metro Police in May of 2013.

The lawsuit asks for millions in punitive and compensatory damages, claiming assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Simon's attorney, Jack Quinn, called the civil suit is “totally baseless” in a phone conversation with WCPO. 

“Eventually (Simon will) be exonerated in court,” he said.

Scripps sister station WMAR reporter Christian Schaffer spoke with Kelly who said the victim lived in D.C. for three years, and has a master's degree. He said although the woman went to Simon's hotel room voluntarily, evidence shows the woman did not agree to having sex with Simon.

"There was forensic evidence that demonstrated injuries that are just inconsistent with the notion of consent," Kelly said. "You do not consent to the type of injuries that are demonstrated in the medical records here."

"It's a rape, but it's also a physical attack. It's really an assault case," Kelly said.

Simon will not be charged criminally, Kelly said, but the prosecutor did not say why.

"The fact that the U.S. attorney, that one prosecutor determined that this case should not go forward has no impact on our ability to file a civil lawsuit," Kelly said. "But it is motivating factor for my client."

The next step, according to Kelly, is to serve Simon with the lawsuit.

(Due to the explicit nature of the court documents, WCPO decided not to provide a copy online.)

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