According to court documents made public on Wednesday, Tiger Woods‘ ex-girlfriend has filed a lawsuit asking to be released from a nondisclosure agreement she claims was forced upon her at the beginning of their relationship in 2017.
The petition was submitted in Florida’s Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in Martin County by Erica Herman, who resided with the 15-time major champion at his Florida residence until the end of 2022.
Herman’s attorneys contend that the Speak Out Act, a piece of US federal legislation, renders the NDA she was obliged to sign “illegal and unenforceable,” according to court documents seen by AFP.
Nondisclosure agreements are not enforceable in situations involving sexual assault and harassment, according to the law, which took effect last year as a result of the MeToo movement.
There are no other facts provided in Herman’s legal documents, and Woods is not accused of any particular wrongdoing.
But, in response to the query “Does this case entail allegations of sexual abuse?” on the court document The “Yes” box has been ticked by Herman’s counsel.
The legal conflict between Herman and Woods, which started in October but has largely gone unnoticed in American media, has escalated as a result of Herman’s request to have her NDA agreement waived.
Herman’s attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust, the company that has legal title to Woods’ Florida residence, according to court documents also viewed by AFP.
Herman claims that Woods’ “agents” tricked her into leaving the house last year by instructing her to get ready for a vacation in her lawsuit.
The plaintiff (Herman) was tricked into packing a suitcase by operatives of the defendant (Woods), who then informed her she was locked out of her home when she arrived at the airport, according to the court document.
Herman’s attorneys are suing for damages on the grounds that Woods is in breach of a “oral tenancy agreement” that permits her to reside in the estate, which is allegedly valued $54 million.
14 years after the sex scandal that nearly ended his career and outraged the athletic community, the legal fight threatens to bring Woods’ private life back into the media limelight.
With disclosures of several affairs in 2009, Wood’s pristine reputation crumbled, resulting in his divorce from his first wife Elin Nordegren in 2010.
Woods has painstakingly rebuilt his career since that incident, and in 2019, he won the Masters to cap off a fantastical comeback following years of injuries and numerous operations.
Before to making a comeback to major championship golf last year at the Masters, he suffered a new setback in 2021 when he was engaged in a horrific rollover crash in California, endangering his playing career once more.
The legendary golfer is not competing in this week’s Players Tournament in Florida, but he has previously stated that he intends to compete in the Masters in Augusta in April.