Lawyer of family suing Tiger Woods claim he ignored his employee's alcoholism


The lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Monday alleges Immesberger was over-served for about three hours after his shift at Woods' restaurant concluded at 3 p.m. the day of his death.

The lawsuit contends that Herman "personally knew Immesberger, specifically recruited him to work at The Woods and was well aware of Immesberger's habitual abuse of alcohol", and that Woods himself "knew Immesberger personally and through information and believe (sic), Herman had discussed Immesberger and his drinking of alcohol with Tiger".

The suit also says Woods and Herman drank with Immesberger a few nights before the fatal crash despite his struggle with alcohol.

The lawsuit comes just weeks after the 43-year-old golfer completed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, winning The Masters after a lost decade of sex scandal, back injuries and drug addiction. The family claims that Immesberger was overserved at the golfer's establishment before his auto overturned and killed him, and their lawyer alleges video of the victim drinking that day was "destroyed" by the establishment.

"Well, we're all very sad that Nick passed away", said the golfer.

Both Tiger Woods and his girlfriend, Erica Herman (right), were named in the lawsuit. Immesberger was a bartender the at The Woods, which Herman runs, until he was killed in a vehicle accident in December 2018 after leaving the bar intoxicated and getting behind the wheel.

The lawsuit also states that Woods, Herman and Immesberger socialized in the bar just days before the bartender's death.

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He lost control of his vehicle on Federal Highway in Martin County and was pronounced dead at the scene on December 10, 2018.

The suit alleges that the employees and management at the restaurant promoted drinking by employees, and Kuvin said Herman created a culture for the bar that led to his death.

At a Tuesday press conference to discuss his upcoming turn in the US PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Long Island, New York, Woods commented briefly on the matter.

According to the lawsuit, "The employees and management at The Woods had direct knowledge that Immesberger had a habitual problem with alcohol", and knew that he attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to try treating his disease.

Immesberger also had been involved in another alcohol-related crash in November, the suit adds.

The suit is seeking an unspecified amount of damages. 'It was a bad, awful night, a bad ending'.