Tiger Woods and his girlfriend are being accused of destroying vital evidence in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.
A 24-year-old bartender at the golfer’s popular restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, was killed in a drunk driving accident last December. Now a lawsuit by his parents claims Nick Immesberger was allowed to drink heavily after his shift at the restaurant and then get behind the wheel to drive home.
At a press conference Tuesday, Woods, who is playing in the PGA Championship this week on New York’s Long Island, was asked about the night Immesberger lost his life.
“We're all very sad that Nick passed away. It was a terrible, terrible night. A terrible ending. We feel bad for him and his entire family. It's very sad,” he said.
Woods individually participated in serving alcohol to the bartender, the lawsuit claims.
The bartender's tearful mom, Mary Belowsky, said Woods and his girlfriend, Erica Herman, who manages the restaurant, were well aware her son had a drinking problem.
“They served him until he just basically couldn't walk,” she said at her own press conference Tuesday. “He referred to the Woods as his family and as his friends, and when he needed them, they just looked the other way.”
The family's attorneys claim video showing Immesberger getting drunk in the restaurant has been destroyed.
“We absolutely believe that the videotape was destroyed as a direct result of his death and knowledge that he was there that night, and they wanted to get rid of that evidence,” one of the lawyers said.
Under Florida law, Woods could be held responsible for the bartender's death under certain circumstances.
After Woods' historic victory at this year's Masters, Herman was credited with helping Woods’ piece his life back together. She was also at the White House to see him awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.