March 8, 2023 | 17:39
Tiger Woods’ ex-girlfriend Erica Herman sued the golf legend’s trust for $30 million nearly five months before she filed a request to break the NDA.
The entrepreneur, 39, alleged in court documents obtained by Page Six Wednesday that Woods, 47, and his agents illegally locked her out of their shared Florida home and that she has not been allowed to return since.
She claims in the October 2022 filing that she had an “oral lease” that gave her the right to live in the Hobe Sound, Florida, property for a “certain period of time.”
According to Herman, the agreement was in place for six years – the duration of her relationship with Woods.
She also claims that part of the deal was that the home would be “fully paid for” by the Woods’ Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust.
Herman claims, according to the court documents, that she was dubiously forced out of the home via “trickery”.
She notes that Woods’ agents allegedly convinced her to pack a suitcase for a short vacation, and “when she arrived at the airport, they told her she had been locked out of her residence.”
“They then informed her that she was not allowed to return to her residence,” the documents also state, before further alleging that the ex-boyfriend was confronted by lawyers trying to “solve the offense they were in the middle of committing.”
Herman claims Woods’ agents attempted to “justify their illegal conduct” by paying for a hotel room and certain expenses for a short period of time.
But the former restaurant manager is said to have demanded that she would enter the home again.
Herman also alleges that the trust allegedly misappropriated an excess of $40,000 in cash that belonged to her. However, she is seeking $30 million in damages, given the “substantial monthly rental value” of the home.
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A few weeks after the filing, Woods filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which was also obtained by Page Six.
The pro athlete’s lawyers argue in the November 2022 petition that Herman is not a “tenant” under the Residential Tenancies Act.
They also argue that Herman sued the wrong party since she sued the trust and not the trustee, which is Woods, and that any “contractual claim on the alleged oral lease would be barred by the statute of frauds.”
The latest update in the case, according to the filing, is that Herman filed an opposition to Woods’ severance petition in January and the lawsuit is ongoing.
Her response was followed by a separate request filed on Monday, in which she asked the court whether her NDA with Woods could be deemed not “coercive” due to allegations of sexual harassment or abuse. She has not yet detailed the allegations.
Representatives and attorneys for both Woods and Herman could not immediately be reached for comment.