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Giants pitcher Gaudin charged with lewdness

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Chad Gaudin has been charged with lewdness after allegedly touching a woman's breast in a Las Vegas hospital in January.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Gaudin was arrested Jan. 27 for the incident. According to police, Gaudin was drunk when he touched the breast, leg and face of a woman on a gurney. A paramedic allegedly told Gaudin to stay away from the woman, but he refused.

Gaudin's lawyer, Dominic Gentile, released a statement on Wednesday afternoon.

"On January 27, 2013, Chad Gaudin was examined in the emergency room of a local hospital 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. Although he 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. Mr. Gaudin denies any unlawful conduct and has been cooperating with the authorities. I am confident that this matter will be resolved in his favor and because it is pending in court there will be no further comment."

Gaudin declined to comment following the Giants' 7-2 loss on Wednesday.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Gaudin will make his scheduled start Friday in San Francisco.

"It doesn't affect the club at all," Bochy said after the game. "I don't have any comment on it, because I just got wind of it a few minutes ago."

Gaudin, who has split time between the rotation and bullpen this season, is 2-1 with a 2.44 ERA.

Andrew Owens is an associate reporter for Follow him on Twitter @OwensAndrew.
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