Lawsuit: Univision newscaster's book had false ID

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Associated Press

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 6 at 8:04 PM

MIAMI (AP) — A Guatemalan man claims in a lawsuit that Univision news host Jorge Ramos wrongly identified him as an U.S. immigration agent in a 2005 book about a fatal migrant smuggling venture, prompting death threats and forcing the man and his family to leave Guatemala.

The lawsuit filed last month in Miami-Dade Circuit Court seeks unspecified damages from Ramos and HarperCollins Publishers, publisher of "Dying To Cross" about 19 migrant deaths in Texas. The suit claims the book misidentifies Byron Lemus as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who investigated the case.

Court records didn't indicate a lawyer for Ramos, and the co-host of Univision's nightly newscast didn't immediate reply to an email seeking comment.

Separately, HarperCollins and ICE declined comment. Univision, which isn't named in the suit, didn't comment.

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