SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right-hander Chad Gaudin has been charged with lewdness after an incident at a Las Vegas hospital in January. Gaudin's arrest, first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, led to charges of open and gross lewdness, a misdemeanor.
According to the police report obtained by the Review-Journal, Gaudin appeared to be drunk at about 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 27 when he approached a 23-year-old woman who was lying on a gurney in the emergency room at Desert Springs Hospital. Gaudin allegedly told the woman "she was gorgeous" and touched her face and breast.
Approached by this newspaper after the Giants' loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday, Gaudin said: "My lawyer issued a statement. I've got no further comment."
Gaudin's attorney, Dominic Gentile, released a statement saying the 30-year-old Gaudin was examined in the emergency room "while experiencing symptoms believed to be related to acute renal failure due to a condition known as rhabdomyolysis."
"The symptoms included confusion, dehydration and loss of orientation and/or consciousness," Gentile said. "Although (Gaudin) has been accused of improperly touching another hospital patient while on the premises that night, there are differing and exonerating versions of what occurred that have been reported by eye witnesses."
Gentile said Gaudin "denies any unlawful conduct and has been cooperating with the authorities," and is confident the matter will be resolved in his favor.
The Review-Journal reported that a paramedic saw what was happening and told Gaudin to stay away from the woman, but Gaudin refused. Hospital security reportedly held down Gaudin until police arrived and the arresting officer wrote that "Gaudin was still yelling and using profanity" when police arrived.
"I asked Gaudin several times how he ended up at the hospital and each time he told me that he didn't know," the officer wrote in his report. "Gaudin appeared to be intoxicated. He had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, trouble standing still, obeying commands, an odor of alcoholic beverages and couldn't repeat his house number, where he lives, the same way twice in a row."
The report came as a shock in the Giants clubhouse, where several players said they had not heard a word about the arrest until the news hit Twitter just before Wednesday's game.
When healthy, Gaudin has been a shot in the arm for the Giants pitching staff. Signed in December, Gaudin has appeared in 23 games this season, posting a 2.44 ERA. He is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA in five starts. Gaudin will make his scheduled start in San Diego on Friday, manager Bruce Bochy said.
"It doesn't affect our club at all," Bochy said after Wednesday's loss. "I don't really have a comment on that. I just heard of it a few minutes ago. It has zero to do with how we played today or what's going on with our club."