Much of that harrowing tale of Yasiel Puig’s escape from Cuba was first brought to public light by a lawsuit filed against him in Florida, and now the Dodgers outfielder is making an effort to have it dismissed.
A hearing is scheduled Friday in Miami where Puig’s attorneys will argue to dismiss the lawsuit filed by an incarcerated Cuban man who blames Puig for his imprisonment and subsequent torture.
U.S. District Court Kathleen Williams is scheduled to hear the motion. The lawsuit, filed by Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot, claims he was falsely accused by Puig of involvement in human trafficking.
Puig has denied the charge through his attorneys but has not spoken about the lawsuit or how he was smuggled out of Cuba.
His attorney wrote in court papers that Corbacho Daudinot's torture allegations aren't sufficient under U.S. law.
Puig was hitting .254 with two home runs and 10 runs batted in in 19 games when the Los Angeles Magazine story first detailed how he escaped Cuba and was taken to Mexico by smugglers. In the 14 games since the story broke, Puig has hit .387 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times