Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is being sued for $12 million by a man in Cuba who alleges Puig made false allegations against him that landed him in prison, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot is seeking damages for the “prolonged arbitrary detention and torture” while in prison in Cuba. Corbacho Daudinot filed the complaint in federal district court in Florida.
“This is not something we’re going to comment about,” said Puig’s agent Jaime Torres.
Puig and his mother are being referred to as “informants” for the Cuban government in the complaint. Corbacho Daudinot alleges that Puig knowingly made false claims against him to show his loyalty to the Cuban government, and be reinstated in the national-team program as well as the country’s top baseball league.
Corbacho Daudinot is in Cuba but his lawyers argue that the U.S. court has jurisdiction in this case under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991.
Puig and his mother testified in a 2010 case against Corbacho Daudinot for human trafficking. Corbacho Daudinot denies he ever offered to help Puig escape from Cuba.
From the LA Times:
The lawyers representing Corbacho Daudinot filed similar lawsuits last year against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman on behalf of different plaintiffs.
Corbacho Daudinot was imprisoned for 3 1/2 years and is to serve the remainder of his sentence under a “provisional liberty” program, according to his Miami-based lawyers. Corbacho Daudinot’s freedom to travel is restricted and he must be in regular contact with authorities. As a result, he is unable to return to the Dominican Republic, where he is a permanent resident.