A judge denied a motion this week by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a man blaming Puig for his imprisonment and torture in Cuba, reports the Associated Press.
According to the lawsuit, Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot said that Cuban guards subjected him to torture and that Puig and his mother violated the Torture Victim Protection Act by turning him in. He also demanded $12 million from them.
U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams denied Puig's motion and set a trial date for November.
ESPN the Magazine published a story about Puig in April detailing how he received threats from human traffickers that helped him defect from Cuba to Mexico in 2012. The story also goes into Puig’s escape from Cuba.
“I’m aware of the recent articles and news accounts. I understand that people are curious and have questions, but I will have no comment on this subject. I’m represented on this matter, and I’m only focused on being a productive teammate and helping the Dodgers win games,” Puig said in a statement in April.
Puig is having a productive second season in the majors for the Dodgers, batting a team-leading .313 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI.