Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Alfredo Simon Accused of Rape at D.C. Hotel

A former D.C. woman accused a Major League Baseball player of raping her at a D.C. hotel in a civil suit filed Thursday.

The woman claims she met 32-year-old Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon at a nightclub downtown last April just hours after he pitched against the Washington Nationals.

After going together to the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel on Connecticut Avenue NW, Simon got physical with her, the woman claims. She says once he got rough, she told him to stop.

He then pinned her down on her stomach and raped her to the point of bleeding, the woman claims.

The woman says in her civil suit that she went to the hospital the next day and reported it to police.

Simon's lawyer, Jack Quinn, told NBC Washington, "The allegations are totally baseless, and he's going to defend the case fully, and I'm certain he'll be exonerated in the end."

Sources told News4 no criminal charges were filed.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia declined to say whether it is investigating the matter. The office issued a statement saying it does not confirm or deny investigations or comment on grand jury proceedings.

The accuser is suing for $5 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages.

"It's obvious she's really trying to try this [case] in the media.... The whole thing is baseless," Quinn said.

The Cincinnati Reds told NBC affiliate WLWT they do not comment during ongoing investigations.

In November 2011, Simon was acquitted of manslaughter charges in connection with the 2010 shooting death of a man in the Dominican Republic.

Simon was a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles from 2008 to 2011.

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