Tiger Woods fired back at ex-girlfriend Erica Herman in court documents this week after she sought to break a non-disclosure agreement, citing a law that allows someone to break an NDA if there is a dispute involving sexual crimes.
News that Woods and Herman split last fall became public knowledge last week after Herman filed court documents to nullify the NDA she signed when they started dating in 2017. Herman cited the Speak Out Act, which “prohibits the judicial enforceability of a nondisclosure clause or non disparagement clause agreed to before a dispute arises involving sexual assault or sexual harassment in violation of federal, tribal, or state law.”
Herman filed the lawsuit after Woods allegedly kicked her out of the home where the two lived in Hobe Sound, Florida. Herman is seeking $30 million from Woods because she claims they had an “oral tenancy agreement” that allowed her to continue living on the property.
Woods filed court documents on Monday calling Herman “a jilted ex-girlfriend,” according to TMZ.
Woods said that she has no right to have the NDA revoked because she never alleged in any of her court filings that any sexual misconduct occurred. Woods’ legal team says she checked a box that said “NO” in her lawsuit, asking, “does this case involve allegations of sexual abuse.”
“Ms. Herman’s position is utterly meritless,” Woods says in court documents. “It is a transparent abuse of the judicial process that undermines the purpose of the federal statute and those whom the statute seeks to protect.”
People Magazine reported that sources close to the pro golfer said “Tiger is livid” over Herman’s insinuation that sexual misconduct occurred during their relationship.
Herman claims that Woods tricked her into leaving the house by telling her to “pack a suitcase for a short vacation and, when she arrived at the airport, they told her she had been locked out of her residence,” she said in her lawsuit. She claims that Woods paid for a “hotel room and certain expenses for a short period of time” but ultimately “frightened her away from returning” to the residence.