Yasiel Puig is being sued by a Cuban man who claims the Dodgers outfielder made false allegations against him that resulted in a seven-year prison sentence, reports Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. The suit seeks damages for "prolonged arbitrary detention and torture," claiming "poor mental and physical health" as the result of his incarceration.
“This is not something we're going to comment about,” said agent Jaime Torres to Hernandez while acknowledging his client was aware of the lawsuit.
Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot, who filed the lawsuit in federal district court in Florida, is currently in Cuba. His lawyers claim the US court has jurisdiction under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991, which allows civil cases to be filed in the US against individuals who "commit torture while acting in an official capacity for a foreign nation."
Puig and his mother testified against Corbacho Daudinot in 2010 as part of a human trafficking case -- he was convicted of essentially plotting Puig's escape from Cuba. Corbacho Daudinot denied the claim and alleges Puig made false accusations against him so he would be allowed to play baseball in Cuba again. He had been suspended following previous defection attempts.
Corbacho Daudinot was imprisoned for three and a half years and will serve the rest of his sentence under a “provisional liberty” program. It's essentially a probation program that restricts his ability to travel -- he is a permanent resident of the Dominican Republic -- and requires him to check in with authorities regularly.
Puig, 22, signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with Los Angeles last summer. He is hitting .369/.400/.581 with eight home runs in 40 games for the Dodgers after being called up in early June.
Lawyers representing Corbacho Daudinot filed a similar lawsuit against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman on behalf of different plaintiffs last year.