Tiger Woods’ ex-girlfriend has filed lawsuits against golfer and trust

(CNN) Erica Herman, who was a longtime girlfriend of golfer Tiger Woods, filed two separate complaints after the pair’s six-year relationship came to an end. Both filings were filed in Circuit Court in Martin County, Florida.

The first lawsuit, filed in October 2022, alleges that a trust owned by Woods violated the Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act by violating the oral lease agreement. The filing states that actual damages are “likely to exceed $30,000,000.” Woods is not named as a defendant in the October lawsuit.

In December, the trust applied to the court to dismiss the complaint with prejudice, alleging that the dispute between the two began when Woods broke off his relationship with Herman in October, informing her “that she is no longer welcome was at ‘Wood’s’ house.

It further states that the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) between the two required “confidential arbitration in all disputes between” Herman and Woods, and that Herman’s lawsuit violates that agreement. A copy of the NDA is included with the motion from Woods’ trust, but the publicly available version of that document has been completely redacted.

A more recent complaint seeking to nullify the NDA was served on Woods on Monday. Both cases are being brought by Fisher Potter Hodas, a Florida family law specialist. CNN reached out to Fisher Potter Hodas for further comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

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

The October suit alleges that Woods’ Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust unlawfully terminated Herman’s lease on the couple’s estate in Hobe Sound, Florida.

The legal filing states, “the defendant (Woods and his trust) chose to engage in ‘prohibited practices’ i.e. self-help, causing … serious emotional harm to the plaintiff. The prohibited practices were done intentionally, with premeditation deliberately, and with premeditation.”

Woods and Herman photographed in Serena Williams’ box during Day 3 of the 2022 US Open.

Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that “defendant’s agents” told Herman to “pack a suitcase for a short vacation” before revealing to her that she had been locked out upon arrival at the airport. It claims attorneys for the trust were on hand to “confront” Herman with “proposals to resolve the misconduct they were committing”.

The filing also alleges that agents for Woods and the trust have since removed Herman’s assets from the property and “embezzled” more than $40,000 of her cash.

The non-disclosure agreement was signed in August 2017, according to the court, but according to Herman it is “invalid and unenforceable”.

It notes that during a lawsuit, a Woods-controlled trust initiated arbitration against Herman based on the NDA, expressing its belief that the agreement remains valid.

The filing calls for the “alleged arbitration clause” in the NDA to be considered 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, which will become public law in March 2022, “voids arbitration agreements that prevent a party from bringing a lawsuit in court relating to sexual assault or sexual harassment, upon election of the party alleging such conduct,” according to the website. of Congress.

The Speak Out Act became public law in December 2022 and “prohibits the judicial enforceability of any nondisclosure clause or non-disparagement clause agreed before a dispute arises relating to sexual assault or sexual harassment.”

The filing does not accuse Woods of assault or sexual harassment. In a civil cover sheet attached to the October lawsuit, Herman’s lawyer said “no” when asked if the case “involves allegations of sexual abuse.”

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