Tiger Woods’ ex-girlfriend Erica Herman wants to invalidate the NDA citing sexual assault laws

Tiger Woods’ ex-girlfriend Erica Herman wants to invalidate the NDA citing sexual assault laws
Tiger Woods’ ex-girlfriend Erica Herman wants to invalidate the NDA citing sexual assault laws

Tiger Woods’ ex-girlfriend, Erica Herman, filed a lawsuit against the golf star in an attempt to overturn a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) she says Woods signed in August 2017 when they started dating.

According to legal documents obtained by ET, Herman filed the lawsuit against Woods on Monday in the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in Martin County, Florida, citing the Speak Out Act as the reason for voiding the NDA, which protects victims of sexual assault or harassment.

Although Herman has made no such claims against Woods, Herman says lifting the NDA would clear things up for her.

“Due to the aggressive use of Wood’s NDA against her by [Woods] and the trust under his control, [Herman] is unsure whether she can disclose, among other things, facts that give rise to various legal claims she believes 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 conflict between [Herman] and [Woods] for which [she] need a clarifying statement from the court.”

The Speak Out Act was introduced to Congress in July 2022 and passed into law less than five months later. The Act “prohibits judicial enforcement of a nondisclosure or nondisparagement clause agreed to before a dispute arises involving sexual assault or sexual harassment in violation of federal, tribal, or state law.”

ET has contacted lawyers for both Woods and Herman.

Woods and Herman, a former restaurant manager, began dating in August 2017. The following month, she was spotted wearing a girlfriend/wife badge while flanking the golf legend at the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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As a result of this week’s filing, other legal documents have come to light that show the broken relationship between Woods and Herman.

In a lawsuit filed last October, Herman claimed that “agents” of Woods used “trickery” to get her to leave the home for a “short vacation” only to then lock her out of the home they shared.

Herman claimed in the lawsuit that the couple had an “oral agreement” that ensured she could live in the mansion for a total of 11 years, and she still had five years left when they separated.

She claims in the documents that Woods’ agents removed her belongings and “misappropriated more than $40,000 in cash” and that being “denied” access to the residence has caused her “irreparable harm.” She claimed in the lawsuit that she is entitled to compensation of around 30 million dollars.

In November, Woods filed a motion to dismiss Herman’s lawsuit.

Woods was previously linked to Lindsey Vonn before they split in 2015, and he was married to model Elin Nordegren for six years (they share two children – daughter Sam, 14, and son Charlie, 13) before a cheating scandal torpedoed the marriage, which ended with divorce in 2010.

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