The attorney for Yasiel Puig asked a federal judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit that faults the Dodgers outfielder for the alleged imprisonment and torture of a Cuban man.
The request in U.S. District Court in Miami came as part of a motion for sanctions after the plaintiff, Miguel Angel Corbado Daudinot, failed to appear for scheduled depositions in August and September.
“Plaintiff simply ignored the deposition notice,” Sean Santini, Puig’s attorney, wrote in the motion.
But Daudinot, who claimed Puig falsely connected him to human trafficking, resulting in a seven-year prison sentence in Cuba, remains in that country.
“You know very well that our client is in Cuba serving out what is left of a prison sentence that your client’s actions forced on him,” Kenia Bravo, one of Daudinot’s attorneys, wrote in an email to Santini last month included with the court filing.
Bravo, who didn’t respond to a request for comment, added that Daudinot wasn’t able to obtain a passport to travel to the United States.
Daudinot sued Puig for $12 million under the Torture Victims Protection Act in 2013. Puig, through his attorney, has denied the claims.
In June, U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams denied a motion to dismiss the suit.