Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol said he was a victim of an extortion attempt by a 24-year-old Dominican woman who claims he kidnapped and abused her.

“I didn’t do anything,” he said. “The stuff that she says is not true, and I proved it… It is about the money. The first thing, when they went to the police, they asked about money right away. I know I didn’t do anything.”

Marmol said he knew the woman because she grew up in their hometown, but had never spoken to her before that October 28th night. He said he was only giving her a ride home from a party, and was surprised when he learned of the charges on the radio.

“They tried to make me scared,” he said. “They were going to (ruin) my reputation in baseball. The easy way is to (make a claim) and then I’d give them money. But I’m not going to give them money because I didn’t do anything.”

The civil case was sent to a higher court last Friday. Marmol said he doesn’t know if he will have to go back to the Dominican for the next hearing, which he said is in a couple of weeks.