Ex-All-Star Dykstra sues, alleges jail beating

     Former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra is seen during his sentencing for grand theft auto in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles on Monday, March 5, 2012. Dykstra was sentenced Monday to three years in state prison in a grand theft auto case. (Nick Ut/AP Photo)

    Former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra is seen during his sentencing for grand theft auto in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles on Monday, March 5, 2012. Dykstra was sentenced Monday to three years in state prison in a grand theft auto case. (Nick Ut/AP Photo)

    Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra has filed a lawsuit saying he was badly beaten by deputies in a Los Angeles County jail.

    Dykstra filed the suit seeking unspecified damages Wednesday against the county and several Sheriff’s Department employees, saying his head was slammed against the wall, his teeth were knocked out and he was beaten until he was “barely breathing.”

    The alleged unprovoked beating occurred in 2012, when Dykstra was serving time for auto theft and charged with other crimes. He was released from prison last June.

    Dykstra had a 12-year career with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.

    The Sheriff’s Department had no immediate comment, but when the beating allegations arose at a sentencing hearing, a sheriff’s spokesman acknowledged a struggle, but said Dykstra had been the aggressor.

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