WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- On Tuesday, Tiger Woods offered his condolences for the family of a former employee at Woods’ bar who is suing him in a wrongful death lawsuit.
- The family of Nicholas Immesberger, a bartender at the restaurant who died in a car crash in 2018, is suing the golf star, his girlfriend and his restaurant.
- The family insisted that the accused “fueled” Immesberger’s death by serving him too much alcohol and then sending him to his car to drive home.
The family of Nicholas Immesberger, a bartender at Tiger Woods’ restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, is suing the golf legend, his girlfriend Erica Herman and the restaurant company in a wrongful death suit.
Immesberger, 24, died in a car crash on Dec. 10, 2018, after his shift at The Woods. According to police, Immesberger’s blood-alcohol level was .256 at the time of his death. That is three times the legal limit.
Allegedly, employees knew Immesberger’s alcohol problem but still regularly overserved him during and after shifts.
According to the lawsuit that was filed Monday, “the employees, management and owners of The Woods over-served a young man they knew was suffering with the disease of alcoholism.” It also claims they “ignored Immesberger’s disease, they fueled it by over-serving him alcohol to the point of severe intoxication and then sending him out to his car to drive home. As a result of this negligence, Immesberger crashed his vehicle and died on December 10, 2018, after leaving The Woods.”
The lawsuit also says that Herman, who serves as the restaurant’s general manager, “personally knew Immesberger, specifically recruited him to work at The Woods and was well aware of Immesberger’s habitual abuse of alcohol,” and that Tiger Woods himself “knew Immesberger personally and through information and believe (sic), Herman had discussed Immesberger and his drinking of alcohol with Tiger.”
“Tiger knew, or reasonably should have known, that Immesberger was habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages, and/or was a habitual drunkard,” the lawsuit continued.
The lawsuit also accused the restaurant of destroying video evidence of Immesberger drinking at the bar for three hours before the fatal crash.
Speaking at a PGA Championship press conference in New York on Tuesday, Woods addressed the lawsuit while by offering his condolences to Immesberger’s family.
“We’re all very sad that Nick passed away,” the golf superstar said. “It was a terrible night, a terrible ending. We feel bad for him and his entire family. It’s very sad.”
The family is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.