Detroit — The woman whose allegations against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed led to him being sentenced to a year of probation Friday appeared angry about his plea deal, saying she was no “sleazy, money-hungry cougar.”
Reed pleaded no contest last month to a misdemeanor aggravated assault charge after he had two third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges dropped July 17 as part of the deal.
The woman begged in court for the case to go to trial, saying she was not consulted nor informed of the plea deal until Reed had already accepted.
“On March 29, 2014, Evan Reed drugged, raped and sodomized me,” she said. “My life has never been the same since. I have sleepless nights.”
The woman, a mother of four in her mid-40s, said to Wayne County Circuit Court Shannon Walker: “I implore you not to let the judicial system fail me. Evan Reed has taken away my voice.”
Walker on Friday ordered Reed to also perform 120 hours of community service and pay $4,480 for his victim’s medical bills, in addition to other fees. Reed, who also must have no contact with the complainant, has 42 days to appeal the sentence.
The woman claimed Reed, 29, met her in the Fifth Avenue Bar in Royal Oak on March 29, 2014, slipped something into her drink and later took her to his sixth-floor hotel room at the MotorCity Casino hotel in Detroit. The woman said Reed raped her the next morning, a day before the Tigers opened their season.
Reed has insisted he and the woman had consensual sex.
The woman said prosecutors pushed her to keep some details of the incident secret to save for trial.
“An act of violence has been committed by Evan Reed,” she said. “I will fight him until the bitter end on behalf of myself and anyone else he may have done this to.”
The woman also objected to what she called unfair media coverage.
“I have been painted as a sleazy, money-hungry cougar,” she said. “Let it be known I am none of those things.”
After the sentencing, Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Suzette Samuels said she could not comment on the complainant’s claim she was not notified of the plea deal.
But she said “all parties” were honest while addressing the court Friday.
Samuels also spoke briefly on Reed’s actions, saying: “I believe this was a case of unbridled arrogance.”
Attorneys for Reed declined to comment Friday after the sentencing.
District Judge Kenneth King on Nov. 21 dismissed criminal sexual conduct charges, which carried a 15-year maximum penalty, against Reed. Four days later, Criminal Division Judge Michael Callahan reversed King’s ruling and remanded the case back to 36th District Court.
Reed appealed the reinstatement of charges, but a stay in the case was lifted after the Michigan Court of Appeals declined to hear Reed’s petition.
Defense attorney Ben Gonek has said Reed is training and working out daily in California. At least three baseball teams have asked about the case, he said. Gonek declined to name the teams that have contacted him, but added the Tigers were not one of them.
Reed is a free agent after pitching for the Tigers and their Triple-A team in Toledo last season.