Tiger Woods is arguably the greatest golfer to ever play the game, in no small part because of his imagination. He can simply see shots — from deep rough, cavernous bunkers, short-sided off the green — that other players just can’t see.
But it turns out he’s a master of fanciful invention in his personal life, too — that is, if his now-ex-girlfriend is to be believed.
Erica Herman, 38, who lived with Woods for six years, has filed court papers alleging that “agents” of Woods tricked her into leaving his Florida mansion, saying she was heading out on a “short vacation,” then locked her out of Woods’ house.
“Specifically, by trickery, agents of the Defendant convinced the Plaintiff 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,” according to the court documents seen by the BBC.
Once she was out, the documents say, her personal possessions were “removed from the property.”
Herman has been at the side of Woods, 47, for half a dozen years, most recently helping him recover from a severe car accident that could have ended his life.
The golfer’s now-former girlfriend also made some shocking allegations in the documents as she tries to void a non-disclosure agreement that she claims she was forced to sign. Under a question that read, “Does this case involve allegations of sexual abuse?” Herman ticked the box for “yes.”
In a separate court filing uncovered by The Daily Mail, Herman is also suing Woods for $30 million, claiming “severe” emotional damage. She claims that Woods’ representatives removed $40,000 of her money and made “scurrilous and defamatory allegations” about how she obtained the money.
The filing also says she provided “valuable services” at Woods’ request as part of an “oral tenancy agreement.” The lawsuit, filed as a trust litigation, says: “All expenses that related to her residency were fully paid by the defendant or its privies.”
Herman also makes an interesting case for the $30 million payout. She claims there were five years left on that oral agreement but Woods used “trickery” to get her out of the house after the pair broke up in October.
The lawsuit says that at the airport, agents of Woods “informed her she was not allowed to return and, without legal counsel to aid her in this emotional moment, utilized a lawyer to confront her with proposals to resolve the wrongdoing they were in the midst of committing.”
“Defendant’s agents attempted to justify their illegal conduct by paying for a hotel room and certain expenses for a short period of time, having successfully locked her out of her home and frightened her away from returning,” the suit says. “Since then plaintiff has continually demanded to be allowed back into her home but defendant’s agents have refused.”
Woods recently filed his own motion in which his lawyers said the golfer ended the relationship and that Herman was told she “was no longer welcome” at the property. His lawyers say she signed a non-disclosure agreement that says disputes will be adjudicated by an independent arbiter, not the courts.
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Joseph Curl has covered politics for 35 years, including 12 years as White House correspondent for a national newspaper. He was also the a.m. editor of the Drudge Report for four years. Send tips to [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @josephcurl.