Legendary golfer Tiger Woods finds himself in another difficult situation as he battles his ex-girlfriend Erica Herman in court.
The couple broke up in October 2022, but things have gotten messy, fast, and their relationship is now unraveling in a Florida court as she disputes a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) they had and whether he was right to lock her out of their shared mansion on the Treasure Coast.
Herman has filed a lawsuit, not against the golfer, but against a farm he controls in Hobe Sound, Florida.
She is seeking more than $30 million in damages as she said the trust made “sloppy and defamatory claims about how she raised the money,” after she claimed they misappropriated $40,000 that belonged to her.
What does Erica Herman claim?
The lawsuit brought by Herman, according to USA todaysays she was able to remain in the Florida mansion she shared with Woods for six years after their relationship broke up, as they had a “verbal lease.”
The lawsuit was reportedly filed in October last year, but only became known on Wednesday. It says: “The duties performed by, and expected of, the plaintiff were extensive and of an extraordinary nature in light of the general circumstances and environment in which she lived”.
Herman has also asked the court to release her from an NDA she signed in 2017, arguing that it is unenforceable under the federal Speak Out Act. The law prohibits legal enforcement of such agreements in disputes involving sexual assault or harassment.
The Homestead Trust is seeking to enforce the NDA so that the dispute will be moved from a public court to private arbitration.
What has Erica Herman said in the lawsuit against Tiger Woods?
In the lawsuit against the trust, she claims she was forced out of the Florida home by “trickery.”
Herman said agents from the trust convinced her to pack for a short vacation, but when she arrived at the airport to fly, she was told by agents that she had been removed from her home.
She says this violates the oral lease agreement and Florida law, with the lawsuit saying, “Plaintiff has continually demanded to be allowed into her home, but Defendant’s agents have refused.”
Woods established the trust in 2017, and the only beneficiaries are himself and his children. The only asset it has is the home in question.
A document filed in court by the trust says: “Herman was invited to live in the residence while she was in a relationship with her former boyfriend, Eldrick (Tiger) Woods, who continues to live in the residence with their two children.
“After Mr. Woods recently ended the relationship, Ms. Herman was informed that she was no longer welcome at the residence.”
What is the NDA that Tiger Woods’ ex is trying to change?
Herman signed the NDA in 2017, and while she has not made specific allegations of abuse or harassment against Woods, she is asking the court to declare it partially unenforceable as she wants the opportunity to provide additional information.
Her lawsuit against Woods states: “This uncertainty is acute and important. Due to Defendant’s aggressive use of Wood’s NDA against her and the trust under his control, Plaintiff is uncertain whether she can disclose, among other things, facts giving rise to various legal claims she thinks she has.
“She is also currently unsure about what other information about her own life she can discuss or with whom.
“There is therefore an active dispute between the plaintiff and the defendant about which the plaintiff needs a clarifying statement from the court.”
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