Report: Johnson files suit against advisers for $3 mill

dustinjohnson-british3Former Coastal Carolina golfer and PGA Tour player Dustin Johnson has filed a lawsuit against three of his closest advisers for allegedly stealing $3 million, according to a report on Housingwire.com.

Johnson, who has been on a leave of absence from the Tour to attend to personal matters since July 31, filed suit in the state of Georgia against three business associates, one of whom served on the board of the Dustin Johnson Foundation.

According to the report, Nathan Hardwick, who resigned from the Atlanta-based law firm of Morris Hardwick Schneider in August, borrowed $3 million from the golfer with a promise to pay back $4 million after a 30-month term.

Instead, the suit claims, Hardwick and associates Mark Wittstadt and Gerard Wittstadt used the money to cover shortages that were created when Hardwick allegedly stole $30 million from the law firm. He also chartered private jets, bought exotic real estate and paid gambling debts, the suit alleges.

The lawsuit comes amid a tumultuous time in the golfer’s life and career. Johnson, who is reportedly taking a leave of absence due to a positive test for cocaine, is engaged to Paulina Gretzky, a supermodel and the daughter of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky. She revealed last month that she is pregnant with Johnson’s child.

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