The drama continues between Tiger Woods and his ex-girlfriend.
In the midst of her breakup with the professional golfer, Erica Herman asked a court to void a nondisclosure agreement she signed when they first started dating in 2017. She cited a law that allows NDAs to be lifted in sexual assault cases.
Now, court documents related to the lawsuit she filed shortly after their split in October have surfaced and were obtained by PEOPLE on Wednesday.
In the filing, one defendant — the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust — is asking for Herman’s lawsuit to be heard before an arbitrator. In her claims, Herman says she had a verbal agreement with the trust that allowed her to live at Woods’ home for another five years.
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Lawyers for the trust claim that Herman was only allowed to live in the home while she was with Woods. The 47-year-old athlete currently lives on the property with his two children, which he shares with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren. Herman was told she would have to move out after Woods ended their relationship in October.
“Ms. Herman responded to the breach by filing this lawsuit,” the lawyers said. Herman claims she was owed $30 million after the verbal agreement was breached when the trust’s employees “locked her out of the residence, removed her personal belongings and informed her she could not return.” Herman also said she had more than $40,000 in cash that was “misappropriated.”
Herman is suing for consequential damages, injunctive relief and attorneys’ fees under the Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act, according to the court documents.
Woods’ representatives did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
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The trust’s attorneys add that under the NDA, which was attached to the filing, Herman “is required” to resolve any of her issues with Woods through confidential arbitration. But by suing the trust instead of Woods himself, Herman wants to argue the allegations in a “public forum.”
Woods is pushing for the claims to be heard by an arbitrator, who he hopes will determine that Herman never had a verbal agreement about the home and that she owes no damages.
The trust’s lawyers also filed a motion to stay the proceedings until the arbitration argument is decided. They attached a redacted version of the NDA that said arbitration was required for any issues between Herman and Woods. The present both signed the agreement on August 9, 2017.
PEOPLE contacted Herman’s lawyers, but did not immediately hear back.
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In her own filing, Herman argues that the NDA should be voided, citing the Speak Out Act, which protects victims of sexual assault or harassment.
The documents state that Woods and Herman “had a long relationship” that was both professional and personal. Herman claims she is “currently unsure of what other information about her own life she can discuss or with whom”, the complaint states.
Herman has not made any allegations against Woods, according to the report.
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Herman, a former restaurant manager, first became romantically linked to Woods when she was pictured with him at the Presidents Cup in New Jersey in September 2017. It was there at the tournament – where Woods served as assistant captain for the US team – that Herman wore a badge which was reserved for girlfriends and wives of players.
Over the years, Herman has been a constant on the course whenever Woods competes. However, the couple has otherwise remained very private over the years (a notable difference from Wood’s previous relationship with Lindsey Vonn and his very public marriage and divorce from Nordegren).
They were rarely seen in public at non-golf events, but they attended the 2022 US Open together to support Serena Williams from the stands. Herman also has no social media presence and has only appeared on Woods’ Instagram three times since October 2017.