Pro Golfer’s Suit Against Ex-Husband Dismissed
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ A federal judge today dismissed a $55 million lawsuit that professional golfer Jan Stephenson filed against her former husband for trying to commit her for psychiatric treatment.
Attorneys for Miss Stephenson, former husband Larry J. Kolb and another defendant signed court papers Friday to end her defamation of character suit with no money changing hands.
U.S. District Judge William Acker today signed an order dismissing the suit and barring Miss Stephenson from refiling the complaint.
Three years ago, Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies took Miss Stephenson into custody here while she was practicing for a Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament and took her to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation under a court order obtained by Kolb.
Kolb maintained she had been brainwashed and was a danger to herself and others. Their marriage was later annulled.
Kolb’s statements to a county probate judge were supported by Lowell D. Streiker, a California minister and marital consultant, who also was named a defendant in Miss Stephenson’s suit.
After interviews with the probate judge and a psychiatrist, she was found to be stable.
Miss Stephenson accused Kolb of trying to have her committed to regain control of her assets and of spreading word about her in a way that damaged her reputation and reduced her earnings.
Kolb said he had acted in her best interest and that she was in a disturbed state and needed treatment.