Lenny Dykstra sues LA County, says he was assaulted by deputies

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Former major league All-Star Lenny Dykstra is suing Los Angeles County and alleging that, while serving a jail sentence, he was assaulted by deputies. From the AP

Dykstra filed the suit seeking unspecified damages against the county and several Sheriff's Department employees, saying his head was slammed against the wall, his teeth were knocked out and he was kicked and beaten until he was "barely breathing."

The suit says the jail system, where a federal probe has led to 20 recent indictments of sheriff's employees, is "fueled by abusive violence, and manipulated by hopeless liars."

The lawsuit also alleges that top officials at the jail tried to keep Dykstra from speaking out about the incident.

The alleged attack occurred in April of 2012, when Dykstra was serving time for grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement. He'd later serve additional time for bankruptcy fraud. Also in April 2012, Dykstra pleaded no contest to exposing himself to women he met online. He was released in June of last year. 

Dykstra played 12 seasons for the Mets and Phillies. He was a three-time All-Star and in 1993 finished second to Barry Bonds in the NL MVP balloting. 

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