Tiger Woods says he’s been cleared of a criminal charge that could have been a career-ending felony, but he says he’ll still have to pay a $20,000 fine.
Woods says the charge, which was filed in February, was filed because of the “unreasonable” and “unlawful” manner in which he filed a sexual harassment complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2015.
Woods said he’s confident the case will go away, but that he will still have “to pay a fine.”
Woods is suing the U, a federal agency that investigates discrimination claims against employers, for discrimination under the Age of Consent for sexually harassing and stalking a female employee.
The lawsuit alleges that Woods was terminated from his job at the time because he was a co-worker of the female employee who was being sexually harassed.
Woods’ lawyers are arguing the EEOC’s investigation was “biased” and that it was “a pretext” to terminate Woods.
In his statement, Woods said: I am relieved that the federal government has taken my case to the appropriate court, but the outcome is the same: my freedom will be violated again.
We will continue to work hard to win our case and restore the confidence of the public that Tiger Woods is a man of integrity and values.
Read more about the case at the Associated Press.
The age-at-consence law was enacted in 2013 to ensure that men are not fired for having sex with a female employer.
A court decision in December 2020 allowed a man who is an employee of the woman who filed the complaint to sue Woods.
The EEOC investigation found that Woods’ case was a “frivolous and arbitrary” attempt to retaliate against the woman.
The case is scheduled for a court hearing on April 29.
It’s the second time Woods has been accused of sexual harassment.
The former pro golfer was accused in 2014 of making unwanted advances toward a female staffer, but his lawyers argued that the case was frivolous because it had not been proven that Woods had engaged in sexual conduct with her.
In 2018, a jury acquitted Woods of charges of unlawful sexual conduct, but a federal judge overturned the conviction and ordered a new trial.
Woods was acquitted in 2017.