Fired Nurse Sues Over Leaked Tiger Woods Records

Tiger Woods reacts after missing a birdie putt on the fourth hole during the third round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., Sunday, June 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
AP Photo/Mike Groll
OCOEE, Fla. - A nurse who was fired for looking at golfer Tiger Woods' medical records in the days after his November 2009 car crash is suing an Orlando-area hospital for defamation.

David M. Rothenberg has sued Health Central for $400,000 in damages, reinstatement, and is asking for a letter from hospital officials explaining that he was fired based on circumstantial evidence.

Woods was treated at the facility after the crash outside his home in Windermere, Fla., Orlando's richest suburb.

Officials say they fired Rothenberg, a registered nurse, in December 2009 for using his computer to look at Woods' records three times over a 10-minute period. Rothenberg faces losing his nursing license because of the allegations.

In the lawsuit, he denies looking at the records.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Woods used the aliases Ronald Williams and Ernest Smith during his stay at Health Central, according to the lawsuit.

Rothenberg offered to take a polygraph test and "swore on the life of his children" that he never looked at Woods' medical records, the Sentinel reports.