According to newly unveiled court documents, Tiger Woods’ ex-girlfriend Erica Herman accused him of tricking her into leaving his Florida mansion and locking her out amid their split.
The legal battle between the couple has been kept under wraps until Herman sought to toss out a non-disclosure agreement she signed in 2017. Herman alleged that Woods, 47, booted her from his Jupiter home using “trickery” and refused to let her back in.
According to court documents, Erica Herman claims that representatives of Tiger Woods’ trust tricked her into leaving his mansion under the pretext of going on a short vacation and then locked her out of the property in violation of Florida law.
She further alleges that Woods paid for her hotel stay and expenses for a short period but frightened her from returning to the property.
According to court documents, Woods’ representatives allegedly took Herman’s personal belongings and $40,000 in cash before making false accusations about how she obtained the money.
Herman claimed she had an “oral agreement” with Woods that allowed her to live in the mansion for 11 years, with five years remaining when they broke up. She argued that she was entitled to around $30 million in compensation based on the remaining time of her tenancy.
Woods’ lawyer responds to ex-girlfriend’s complaint, claiming she removed her belongings after being dumped. The lawyer argues that Herman can’t claim tenancy since oral agreements in Florida are only valid for less than a year.
They also argue that the NDA signed at the beginning of their relationship requires arbitration instead of litigation. In a motion filed in October, they allege that Herman is trying to gain leverage by litigating disputes with Woods in a public forum.
Herman’s attorney requested on Jan. 19 for the court to determine the enforceability of the arbitration agreement, arguing that it should not be settled in private due to a sexual assault and harassment law.
On Monday, Herman filed court papers to nullify her NDA, citing the Speak Out Act that allows for voiding such agreements if there’s evidence of sexual assault or harassment, although no specific allegations were mentioned.
Neither Woods nor Herman’s representatives have responded to The Post’s request for comment. Herman seeks legal clarification on what she can disclose about her nearly six-year relationship with the golfer, according to the latest complaint.
In the instance a judge rules that her NDA is valid, Herman’s attorneys want to know whether she can publicly share photos and recordings of herself and her family, as well as information from other “sources” who aren’t bound by the non-disclosure.
Woods has until the end of the month to respond to Herman’s latest complaint.