Tiger Woods' ex-girlfriend is suing the golfer and the trust

Erica Herman, who was the longtime girlfriend of golfer Tiger Woods, filed two separate complaints after the pair ended their six-year relationship.

Mar 9, 2023 - 21:00
Mar 9, 2023 - 21:00
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Tiger Woods' ex-girlfriend is suing the golfer and the trust
Tiger Woods' ex-girlfriend is suing the golfer and the trust

Tiger Woods's ex-girlfriend is suing the golfer and the trust

Erica Herman's, who was the longtime girlfriend of golfer Tiger Woods, filed two separate complaints after the pair ended their six-year relationship. Both filings were made in the Circuit Court of Martin County, Florida

The first lawsuit, filed in October 2022, alleged that a trust owned by Tiger Woods violated the Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act by breaching an oral tenancy agreement. The filing states that actual damages "may be measured in excess of $30,000,000." Tiger Woods is not named as a defendant in the October lawsuit.

In December, the trust filed a motion to dismiss with prejudice in response to Erica Herman's complaint, alleging that the two began a conflict when Tiger Woods severed her relationship with  Erica Herman in October and informed her that she was "no longer welcome. Tiger Woods' home.".

It also says the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) between the two requires "confidential arbitration of all disputes" between Erica Herman and Tiger Woods, and that Erica Herman's lawsuit violates that agreement. A copy of the NDA is attached to Tiger Woods' trust's motion, but the publicly available version of that document has been completely redacted.

A recent complaint aimed at voiding the NDA was served on Tiger Woods on Monday. Both cases were brought by Florida-based family law specialist Fisher Potter Hodus. CNN reached out to Fisher Potter Hodus for further comment but did not immediately receive a response.

CNN also reached out to Tiger Woods' representatives for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

   The October filing alleges that Tiger Woods' Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust illegally terminated  Erica Herman's tenancy on the couple's property in Hobe Sound, Florida.

“Defendant (Tiger Woods and his trust) elected to engage in the ‘prohibited practice,’ i.e. self-help, which resulted in… severe emotional harm to Plaintiff,” the legal filing states. The prohibited practices were done intentionally, with premeditation, and with malicious intent."

   Specifically, the suit claims the "defendant's agent" asked  Erica Herman to "pack a suitcase for a short vacation" before disclosing to her that she had been locked out of the house upon arriving at the airport. It claims the trust's lawyers came up with an "offer to deal with the wrongdoing they were in" to "deal with" Harman.

The filing also alleges that Tiger Woods and agents of the trust have since removed  Erica Herman's belongings from the property and "misappropriated" more than $40,000 of his cash.

The NDA was signed in August 2017, but  Erica Herman believes it is "illegal and unenforceable," according to court filings.

It noted that during the litigation, a trust controlled by Tiger Woods initiated arbitration against  Erica Herman's based on the NDA, thus expressing its belief that the agreement was valid.

The filing calls for the "purported arbitration clause" in the NDA to be deemed unenforceable under the federal Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 and the federal Speak Out Act.

The former bill, coming into public law in March 2022, "repeals arbitration agreements that prevent a party from filing a lawsuit in court involving sexual harassment or sexual harassment in a party election alleging such conduct," according to the congressional website.

The Speak Out Act became public law in December 2022 and "prohibits judicial enforceability of a nondisclosure clause or nondisparagement clause before a dispute arises involving sexual harassment or sexual harassment."

The filing does not accuse Tiger Woods of sexual assault or harassment. In a civil cover sheet attached to the October case,  Erica Herman's attorney indicated "no" when asked if the case "involves allegations of sexual harassment."

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