Lawyer demands Tiger Woods’ girlfriend Erica Herman hand over her phone after their bar is blamed for staffer's death
TIGER Woods’ girlfriend Erica Herman has been ordered to hand over her phone after their Florida restaurant was blamed for the death of an employee, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
Tiger, his girlfriend Erica Herman, and The Woods Jupiter were accused of “over-serving a young man alcohol who they knew was suffering from the disease of alcoholism" in May 2019.
Nicholas Immesberger, who worked as a bartender at The Woods Jupiter, crashed his car and died in December 2018 after leaving the restaurant.
On September 28, Nicholas’ estate requested Erica, who is general manager of the restaurant, hand over her cell phone.
In the court papers obtained by The Sun, lawyers for Nicholas' parents requested a "mutually convenient time and place to be scheduled to inspect the cellular phone" with their cell phone expert present.
Erica was initially asked to hold onto the phone she used when Nicholas was an employee during a November 2019 court testimony.
Lawyers for Nicholas' estate requested the court approve the demand for Erica to give up her phone.
The court has not yet made a ruling on the request.
Tiger, 44, Erica, 35, and The Woods Jupiter were initially sued for wrongful death.
The complaint read: “The employees, management and owners of The Woods not only 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.”
The filing claimed Erica “personally knew, recruited and was well aware of Immesberger’s habitual abuse of alcohol.”
The complaint claimed “so much alcohol was served to Immesberger by the employees and managers at The Woods” following his shift that he had a blood alcohol three times over the legal limit.
Nicholas lost control of his Corvette and suffered fatal injuries.
The filing continued that employees and management at the restaurant "not only promoted drinking alcohol by its employees, but it also allowed employees to drink on and off the job at The Woods.”
Tiger, Erica and the restaurant denied any wrongdoing, claiming Nicholas “failed to use an available and operational seat belt.”
Tiger and Erica were both dismissed from the lawsuit, with The Woods Jupiter as the remaining Defendant.
The father of two said of the accident during a press conference in 2019: “Well, we’re all very sad that Nick passed away.
“It was a terrible night, a terrible ending. We feel bad for him and his entire family. It’s very sad.”
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