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Lenny Dykstra accused of sexual assault by housekeeper; no charges filed

Lenny Dykstra in 2010

Former pro baseball player Lenny Dykstra’s housekeeper accused him of sexual assault, according to records, though prosecutors declined to file charges this month citing a lack of evidence.

According to the rejection memo by Los Angeles County prosecutors, a female housekeeper alleged Dykstra would force her to give him oral sex on Saturdays. However, the 41-year-old woman’s case seemed to flounder because of an apparent lack of evidence that the activity was forced.

The woman told investigators she “needed the job and the money so she went along with the suspect’s requests rather than lose her job,” according to the filing, and “returned to work in the suspect’s home with knowledge that she obtained from the Internet of a claim of sexual assault by another woman.”

According to prosecutors, the woman did not report the alleged assaults until after Dykstra failed to pay her $2,000 he owed her. Investigators found text messages from the woman to Dykstra demanding the money and asking for her job back.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Dykstra denied the allegations, saying the woman was trying to extort him to buy drugs.

“If she was assaulted on Saturdays, then I’m a ... ballerina dancer on Sundays,” Dykstra said. “This is a maid. That’s not even worth commenting on, are you kidding me?”

The allegations are only the latest in a series of troubles for Dykstra, the acclaimed former Mets and Phillies outfielder turned self-styled financial guru.

Nicknamed “Nails' by baseball fans for his raucous style of play, Dykstra turned to bankruptcy court to try to save the fancily furnished Sherwood Country Club estate he bought from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky for $18.5 million at the height of the housing boom.

Despite his efforts, and a protracted battle in court, the home was sold in November to the private equity firm Index Investors, one of Dykstra's creditors. The Gretzky mansion, a complex of more than 10,000 square feet with tennis courts, a pool, a guesthouse and striking views of the Sherwood Country Club, was the most valuable piece of Dykstra's estate and the crown jewel of his post-baseball business empire.

As his baseball career wound down, Dykstra gained success as a businessman first with a luxury car wash in Corona that the ballplayer dubbed “the Taj Mahal” of car washes. He then expanded the business to other parts of Southern California and in 2007 sold it to investors.

Dykstra also took his head-first style to Wall Street after teaching himself financial analysis and striking up a friendship with CNBC “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer, who hired Dykstra to write a stock-picking column for his influential website, TheStreet.com.

With Cramer's seal of approval, Dykstra's prominence soared, and he was profiled in a New Yorker article titled “Nails Never Fails: Baseball's most improbable post-career success story,” and he touted his stock picks on financial news shows.

In 2008, he began publishing the Players Club, a glossy financial advice magazine created exclusively for pro athletes featuring sports luminaries such as Brett Favre and Tiger Woods on its covers.

Dykstra envisioned the Players Club becoming a company that would help players with all aspects of their retirements and dealings off the field, but the venture folded as lawsuits from creditors and unpaid business associates began piling up. Dykstra declared bankruptcy in the summer of 2009.


Ex-baseball star and bankrupt financial 'guru' Dykstra envisions a comeback

-- Alejandro Lazo and Robert Faturechi

Photo: Lenny Dykstra in 2010. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For the Los Angeles Times

Comments () | Archives (34)

I believe the women. The comment she is just a maid smacks of arrogance. Usually the type that thinks they can get away with everything!

"This is a maid. That’s not even worth commenting on, are you kidding me?” Dykstra said.

I was giving Dykstra the benefit of the doubt until I got to this part.

And for quote most likely to incite class warfare:

"This is a maid. That’s not even worth commenting on, are you kidding me?” Dykstra said.

Kind of suspicious when she's demanding money and her job back BEFORE reporting anything to police. Sounds like extortion to me.

Hilarious!!! Another female trying to extort money from an athlete...so typical! I don't believe her for a minute...how could he have "forced" her to do this every Saturday??!! What a joke! If that were the case, anyone with half a brain would've quit the job and gotten another job.

“This is a maid. That’s not even worth commenting on, are you kidding me?”

Must his comments be so condescending towards maids? I do think it was all consensual and that he did nothing wrong. But I'm disturbed by the way he belittles maids. I happen to have family members who are maids and it's a hard job. It merits respect. His comment does not help his case.

“This is a maid. That’s not even worth commenting on, are you kidding me?”

Lenny, You are a "Real" Piece of Work.

Nails took too many balls to the chin, knocked all the sense out of him. He gambled and lost, now he's looking to the courts for help? Sore loser.

I don't believe the accusation but, for crying out loud, why don't these celebrities learn how to protect the $$$ they made during their famous years? Is that so difficult?

The press should not release the name of the victim, OR the accused until there is a conviction. I do not know what happend in this case, but if there is a lack of evidence, then do not put this man's name out in the paper for the entire world to see. He is infact, not guilty of a crime. Pathetic.

Has to Niki Diaz. why is she still here?

If she was good enough to hire as a maid, why are her allegations not worth commenting on? What a despicable comment to make...

He always was a jerk !!

"This is just a maid..." and you were "just a ball player". What ever made Dykstra think he was better then another person because of their profession? I believe in the policy of "innocent until proven guilty", but Mr. Dykstra seems to be guilty of being an arrogant,egotistical (ok redundant, I know), uhm, mule (since I can't use the word I am really thinking of here). The woman, may or not be, lying - but that is NO reason for his attitude.

I think what Lenny was commenting on, in part, is this is
a 41 year old maid that quite likely is not someone he views as
an object of desire.

So rather than perhaps a statement of arrogance that he can do
what wants with a maid, its more of a statement of arrogance that
he can do better.

Nothing all that surprising about an ego on a successful athlete.
For every Wayne Gretzky there are many Rickey Henderson s.

I hope he has no plans to run for Governor of California.

"She's just a maid" is a little offensive, that maid was likely someone's daughter or sister!

Dysktra in trouble for another sexual misconduct ... say it ain't so!!! The dude should be castrated! He is an embarrasment!!!

To all of you out there writing comments about this being "hilarious" or "funny" - I sincerely hope karma doesn't effect you.

Dykstra is a PREDATOR and a very good con man. I just came across him on December 13th of 2010 and I wound up being out of $1K

I suggest the "maid" in this article file a police report with LAPD because I did, and guess what - they have had MANY people come forward in regards to this loser.

Dykstra is a typical dumb jock with more money than sense. Ok, well not anymore. I can't imagine what he said to the "investors" he duped.

Sure, forced her on Saturdays to give oral sex yet she kept coming to work and kept giving oral sex? No wonder people don't believe woman when they really are sexually assulted!

Is Lenny a Republican or even anticipating a run for politics in California? Story smells like another Dem smear campaign.....where is Gloria Fruad-lled...and are the Dems looking at getting into the car wash business? Does the maid have a green card?, legal status?....Enquiring minds want to know. Gotta love So. Cal. "news" stories.

"Dykstra also took his head-first style to Wall Street"

head-first indeed! lulz

From women i know who have encountered Lenny "steroids" Dykstra in the past and stories I have been told, this is 100% true.

My brother was burned like that. You guys had better be careful. There are some women that are only looking for an opportunity, to either get pregnant for child support, who will claim sexual harassment if you cross them, or rape if they get caught.

He had a relationship with a co-worker, who was married, and they were swingers. They made plans to meet from time to time, and he stood her up one night, the following morning she claimed he sexually harassed her.

When all the dust settled, she had done the same thing to three other people. Go from employer to employer stay a few months and file this claim, what she didn't expect was the insurance company in this case would not settle out of court, but investigated and blew her case out of water, her sleevy attorney had represented her in every case. So she was his little cash cow. When they knew the case was in trouble they tried to settle out of court for a thousand dollars.

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