Tiger Woods‘s former girlfriend is claiming the most famous golfer in the world sexually abused her in a bombshell new court filing.
Erica Herman, 39, made the startling allegation in a suit in which she is trying to void a non-disclosure agreement which she claims she was forced to sign.
She goes into no detail as to what the alleged abuse entailed, just ticking the ‘yes’ box under the question ‘Does this case involve allegations of sexual abuse?’
In a separate court filing uncovered by DailyMail.com, Herman is suing Woods for $30 million for ‘severe’ emotional damage, alleging that he tricked her into leaving the Florida mansion where they had lived together for six years.
She says in papers filed in October that former World Number One Woods persuaded her to go on a short vacation and when she got to the airport, his representatives told her she had been locked out.
Herman claims that Woods’s representatives removed $40,000 of her money and made ‘scurrilous and defamatory allegations’ about how she got the money.
She is demanding more than $30million for what she claims are ‘breaches of duty’ that left her suffering ‘severe’ emotional damages.
According to Herman, she should have been allowed to live in the home in Hobe Sound, Florida, for another five years but Woods used ‘trickery’ after breaking up with her in October.
Tiger Woods and ex Erica Herman split after six years of dating and she’s now taking him to court over an NDA she claims she was forced to sign
DailyMail.com can reveal that she filed a separate case against him in October alleging that he kicked her out of his $48m Florida home
The complaint says that she provided ‘valuable services’ at Woods’s requests as part of an ‘oral tenancy agreement.’ Herman says this gave her the right to live in the property for a ‘certain duration of time’
DailyMail.com has contacted lawyers for Woods and Herman.
Herman sued Tiger’s trust – the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust – which is the legal owner of his mansion in Hobe Sound where the two lived together for six years.
The complaint says that she provided ‘valuable services’ at Woods’s requests as part of an ‘oral tenancy agreement.’
Herman says this gave her the right to live in the property for a ‘certain duration of time.’
The lawsuit, filed as a trust litigation, states: ‘All expenses that related to (Herman’s) residency were fully paid by the defendant or its privies.
‘This agreement was fully performed for the six-year period prior to the events giving rise to this lawsuit.
‘The duties that were performed by the plaintiff were extensive and of an extraordinary nature in light of the overall circumstances and environment in which she lived.’
According to Herman, there were five years left on the oral agreement for her to live at the property when Woods engaged in ‘prohibited practices.’
Herman claims in separate legal documents that that an NDA she was forced to sign is being wrongfully enforced on her, citing the Speak Out Act.
The Act states that an NDA is not enforceable if agreed to before a dispute involving sexual assault or sexual harassment.
And Herman said in the filing that she’s being pressured to keep quiet and adhere to the NDA by Woods’s private trust.
The couple were last seen together at the US Open in August 2022
In the document his lawyers said that after Woods ended the relationship Herman was told she ‘was no longer welcome’ in the property
Herman goes into no detail as to what the alleged abuse entailed, just ticking the ‘yes’ box under the question ‘Does this case involve allegations of sexual abuse?’
The documents filed in October say the ‘prohibited practices’ Woods engaged in led to ‘severe actual, consequential and severe emotional damages’ to Herman and that they were done ‘intentionally, with premeditation and with malice aforethought.’
The lawsuit states: ‘Specifically, by trickery, agents of the defendant convinced 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 the residence.
‘They then 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 (Herman) out of her home and frightened her away from returning.
‘Since then plaintiff has continually demanded to be allowed back into her home but defendant’s agents have refused.
‘Even worse, defendant’s agents removed plaintiff’s personal belongings from her residence and misappropriated in excess of $40,000 in cash that belonged to her, making scurrilous and defamatory allegations about how she obtained the money.’
Herman sued the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust, which owns the home in Hobe Sound she lived at with Woods for six years while they were together. Hobe sound, which is on Jupiter Island, has been home to former presidents and A-listers
Herman claims that she deserves more than $30million because of the ‘substantial monthly rental value’ of the home.
Woods recently filed a motion to compel arbitration and stay the claims.
In the document his lawyers said that after Woods ended the relationship Herman was told she ‘was no longer welcome’ in the property, where the golfer lives with his two children.
Woods’s lawyers state that Herman signed a non disclosure agreement which is included in the filing but is heavily redacted. It states that any disputes should be overseen by an independent arbiter rather than through the courts.
The document says that when Herman was living in the home was a ‘guest’ of Woods, noting that the pair never married.
Woods’s lawyers state that he broke things off on October 13, 2022 and that her claiming she wants to live in the property is ‘directly adverse’ to the interests of Woods and his children.