Tiger Woods‘ ex-girlfriend Erica Herman previously filed a lawsuit against him in October after the star golfer kicked her out of his home, reports have revealed.
Herman, 38, who is suing Woods to nullify an NDA she signed at the beginning of their relationship in 2017, reportedly filed a separate case against his trust last October, the New York Post reports.
The suit claims that Woods kicked Herman out of his Jupiter Island home last year and is now demanding $US30 million (approx. $45.5 million) for emotional damages.
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Court documents reveal Herman alleges Woods and his trust used “trickery” to push her out of the house, with his trust members going so far as to convince her to go on vacation in order to get her to leave.
The documents state Herman was told to “pack a suitcase for a short vacation” but “when she arrived at the airport, they told her she had been locked out of her residence, in violation of the oral tenancy agreement and in violation of Florida law.”
The documents further claim that Woods’ trust members removed her personal belongings from the home and took $US 40,000 (approx. $60,700) in cash that belonged to her before making “scurrilous and defamatory allegations about how she obtained the money.”
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Herman has pushed back against Woods, claiming that the pair had an “oral agreement” that she could live at the home for 11 years. She still had five years remaining per this agreement when Woods decided to end their relationship last year.
Based on the five years that Herman claims she had left to reside at the home, she is now demanding roughly $US30 million (approx. $45.5 million) from Woods’ trust.
Yet the publication reports that Woods’ lawyer has argued that oral tenancy agreements are only valid for less than one year under Florida law.
The lawyer also claimed Herman was the one to remove her possessions from the Jupiter home after Woods broke things off.
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Woods’ lawyer has also argued the tenancy issue should be discussed through private arbitration, rather than in a court, and accused Herman of trying to “gain leverage by litigating her disputes with Mr. Woods in a public forum.”
On January 19, Herman’s lawyer questioned if arbitration was enforceable, noting that under a sexual assault and harassment law, the case has a right to be settled in court.
Herman’s recently filed suit against Woods, requesting her NDA be nullified under the Speak Now Act, points to her attempt to have her cased recognised as a harassment case. Yet, there are no specific allegations of assault or harassment referenced in the court documents from October’s suit or March’s suit.
Currently, Herman is seeking clarification on what she can discuss legally about her near six-year relationship with Woods.