Woman sues Reds pitcher Simon, alleges sex assault

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 9:34 pm •  Published: April 24, 2014

A woman who said Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon sexually assaulted her in a Washington hotel a year ago when the team was in town to play the Nationals is suing the player for $15 million.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe, filed the civil lawsuit Thursday in D.C. Superior Court. The suit says she met Simon at a nightclub and went with him by cab to the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel where, she claims, he forced sex upon her.

Adam Katz, Simon's agent, said he had no comment when reached by phone Thursday night.

A copy of the suit was obtained by WMAR-TV in Baltimore. The 32-year-old Simon played for the Baltimore Orioles for parts of four seasons from 2008 to 2011 before being 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 says that the night of April 27, 2013, the then 27-year-old woman and friends went to a nightclub and were approached by a man claiming to be Simon's manager.

The man escorted the woman to a table where Simon and another ballplayer were sitting and introduced her, according to the lawsuit.

The woman and Simon left about 2:30 a.m. in a cab and rode to the hotel where the Reds were staying, according to the court document, which also alleges the woman was intoxicated and unable to consent to sex.

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