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Lawyer: Woman who accused Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon of sexual assault should be publicly IDed
WASHINGTON - A woman who accused Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon of sexual assault should have to publicly identify herself, his lawyer said Tuesday, though the woman has said she fears being harassed or hurt by Simon's fans.
The woman is currently identified in court filings as Jane Doe, though Simon and his attorneys know her name and can use it to investigate the case. The woman's lawsuit says she met Simon at a Washington nightclub in April 2013 and went with him to a hotel, where he forced sex on her in a "terrifying physical attack."
Prosecutors in the District of Columbia decided not to bring criminal charges after an investigation, lawyers for both sides have said, but in April the woman filed a civil lawsuit seeking $15 million.
Simon's lawyers have argued in a court document that the woman should have to re-file her lawsuit using her real name. They wrote she promoted her case in statements she and others representing her made to the media and therefore "forgoes any legitimate consideration of proceeding anonymously."
"She has to stand by her allegations," Simon's lawyer Jon Fetterolf said in court Tuesday, arguing it was "fundamentally unfair" for the woman and her lawyers to publicize her case while asking for anonymity.
The woman's lawyers argue she would suffer psychological harm if forced to reveal her name and suggest that the real reason Simon wants her to have to use her name is to punish and intimidate her for going forward with the case. One of the woman's lawyers, Geoffrey Hengerer, told the judge Tuesday that he is concerned about bloggers and "fanatics" obtaining her name and retaliating.
U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton told lawyers that he was "troubled" by comments to the press and that he believes that if the case goes to trial the woman's name will have to be revealed. However, he said he would consider whether she should have to re-file the case without a pseudonym before then. Walton said he would try to rule within the next couple of weeks.
Regardless of Walton's decision, many media organizations including The Associated Press do not identify individuals who say they have been sexually assaulted, a fact the woman's lawyers and Walton noted.
Attorneys for both sides declined to comment after the hearing, which Simon also did not attend.
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