Tiger Woods is facing a lawsuit from his former girlfriend, Erica Herman, who claims that the golf star threw her out of their Florida home and changed the locks.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Herman is seeking $30 million in damages from Tiger’s trust, which owns the home, claiming that she had an “oral tenancy agreement” with him that entitled her to live there rent-free for five more years after their split.
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Herman, who had been living with Woods in his Hobe Sound home for six years, alleges that Tiger’s team convinced her to leave the house for a “short vacation” last fall without him, only to find herself locked out of the house once she returned.
She also claims that they confiscated over $40,000 in cash she had at the house and accused her of doing something shady to get the money.
Additionally, Herman is asking a judge to declare the non-disclosure agreement she signed with Woods unenforceable, arguing that federal law allows her to speak out in cases involving sexual misconduct or harassment.
In response to the lawsuit, Tiger’s trust filed court documents denying Herman’s claims and stating that she was only living in the house as his girlfriend and not under any oral agreement.
The trust maintains that Woods broke up with Herman and asked her to leave the house, and that she has no legal right to live there after the relationship ended.
It remains to be seen how this legal battle will unfold, but Woods has had a difficult few years both on and off the golf course.
He suffered a serious car accident in February 2021 that required multiple surgeries, and his playing career has been in decline in recent years due to injury and personal issues.
In the wake of the accident, Woods expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support he received from fans and fellow golfers, saying, “It’s hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the tv and saw all the red shirts. To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.”