A Cuban man is reportedly suing Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, claiming he made false allegations about the man, resulting in a seven-year prison sentence, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
The suit for $12 million is “prolonged arbitrary detention and torture,” claiming “poor mental and physical health” as the result of his incarceration.
The accuser, Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot, 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,” writes Mike Axisa of CBSSports.com.
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.
“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.