A man who alleges he was beaten and suffered a traumatic brain injury outside Dodger Stadium after attending a playoff game between the Mets and the home team in 2015 reached a settlement with the team and two other fans in attendance.
Ariel D. Auffant, a Bakersfield geologist, and his wife, Abigale, brought the complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court in September 2017 against Los Angeles Dodgers LLC, Michael Rae Papayans and his mother, Jennifer Lynn Papayans.
Court papers filed with Judge Yolanda Orozco by the plaintiffs’ attorneys did not state the term of the settlement. Cross-complaints between the Dodgers and the Papayans remain to be tried.
The suit alleged negligence, premises liability, negligent hiring, retention and supervision, assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and loss of consortium. The plaintiffs sought unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
Auffant, then 50, attended the playoff game on Oct. 9, 2015, the first contest of the National League Division Series, according to his court papers. Auffant was a Dodger fan, but his cousin, who was among those who accompanied the plaintiff to the game, wore a Mets cap and was a supporter of the New York team, the suit says.
The Mets won the game 3-1. Auffant and his companions walked outside the stadium to go home about 10 p.m. and were confronted by the Papayans, who shouted vulgar language at them, according to the complaint.
The area was not well-lit and no security was present, the suit alleged.
After the Auffant group reached the handicapped parking area, he was “brutally attacked” by the Papayans, causing him to lose consciousness and fall to the pavement, the suit alleged.
“Ariel Auffant struck his head on the pavement and his assailants continued the attack by kicking him,” according to the lawsuit.
Dodger security staffers took several minutes to respond, even though the attack happened near the stadium gates, the suit stated.
Abigale Auffant maintained she lost the love and companionship of her husband after he was hurt.
But lawyers for the Dodgers and the Papayans maintained that Auffant was one of four drunken men who confronted the Papayans and that the plaintiff and his companions were the aggressors. Michael Papayan maintained he acted in defense of himself and his mother after she was knocked to the ground during a fight between the two groups of fans.
Michael Papayans, then 29, of Palos Verdes Estates, was sentenced in May 2018 to 14 days in jail in connection with the confrontation with Auffant. He initially pleaded no contest in February 2017 to a felony count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, but the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor after he paid more than $100,000 in restitution to the victim and completed 80 days of community service and an anger management course.
In 2014, Giants fan Bryan Stow of Capitola was awarded a multimillion-dollar verdict stemming from a permanent brain injury he suffered in a March 31, 2011, beating in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.
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