Man severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium sues team and alleged surfer gang member

A Bakersfield man who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium two years ago is suing the baseball team and his alleged attackers, who are from Palos Verdes Estates.

Michael Rae Papayans. (Photo courtesy of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office) 

Ariel Auffant, a geologist who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was violently punched and kicked after a Dodgers-Mets playoff game on Oct. 9, 2015, alleges the Dodgers failed to provide adequate security and lighting that would have prevented the assault in a stadium parking lot.

The 10-page lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Auffant and his wife, Abigale, seeks unspecified damages from the baseball team on claims of negligence, premises liability, negligent hiring, retention and supervision, and loss of consortium.

It also seeks damages for assault, battery and emotional distress from Michael Papayans and his mother, Jennifer.

As a result of the attack, Abigale lost the love, companionship and protection of her husband, the suit states.

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