A woman has filed a civil suit against Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon in Washington, D.C., Superior Court, USA TODAY reported Thursday, claiming he sexually assaulted her in April 2013. The unnamed woman is seeking $5 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages.
"The allegations are totally baseless," Simon's lawyer, Jack Quinn, told USA TODAY. "Mr. Simon will defend this matter fully and will be totally exonerated."
The woman filed a police report on May 1, four days after the alleged assault was said to have taken place. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia received the report and launched an investigation on May 2. The woman reportedly testified before a grand jury on May 9, but there was no indictment handed down and assistant U.S. attorney Sharon Donovan informed the woman's attorney on May 16 that they would not be pursuing charges in the case.
Simon, 32, is in his third season with the Reds and has gone 3-1 with a 1.30 ERA in four starts this season as injuries forced the reliever into the rotation. The Reds declined comment.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.