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Tiger Woods’ ex-girlfriend suing over acrimonious split

Erica Herman, who lived with the 15-time major winner at his Florida mansion until late 2022, filed the request in the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in Martin County, Florida.

Lawyers for Erica Herman, who began dating Mr Woods in 2017, cite a new law limiting the scope of NDAs in sexual harassment and assault cases.

Ms Herman’s lawsuit does not detail any allegation of harassment or assault.

The law, which became effective last year in the wake of the MeToo movement, makes nondisclosure agreements unenforceable in cases involving sexual assault and harassment.

Herman’s case filings do not go into further details and there are no specific allegations against Woods.

But in response to a question on the court filing which reads “Does this case involve allegations of sexual abuse?” Herman’s attorneys have checked the box marked “Yes”.

Herman’s bid to waive her NDA agreement marks an escalation of a legal dispute with Woods which began last October, but which has gone largely unreported in the US media.

In court filings also seen by AFP, Herman’s lawyers have sued the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust, which is the legal entity that owns Woods’s home in Florida.

“By trickery, agents of the defendant (Woods) convinced the plaintiff (Herman) 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,”

the court filing said

Herman’s lawyers claim Woods is in violation of an “oral tenancy agreement” allowing her to live in the mansionreportedly worth $54 million  and are suing for damages.

The legal dispute threatens to drag Woods’ private life into the media spotlight once again, 14 years after the sex scandal which almost destroyed his career and shocked the sporting world.

She argues in another lawsuit she is owed around $30m (£25m) and was locked out of a home she shared with Mr Woods.

The civil lawsuit challenging the NDA was filed on Monday in Martin County, Florida, near where the couple had been living together.

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Written by Jamil Johnson