Tiger Woods says former gal pal Erica Herman isn’t a victim of sexual abuse, she’s just a “jilted ex-girlfriend,” according to court documents filed Monday.
The golf legend, 47, made the claim against Herman, 38, after she asserted in court filings last week that the pair’s non-disclosure agreement she signed in 2017 should be tossed because her accusations involve “allegations of sexual abuse.”
In his response filed Monday, Woods accused his ex-girlfriend of trying to thwart the judicial system because she hasn’t previously alleged abuse or offered up any proof of such claims during their months-long legal saga.
“Ms. Herman is a not a victim of sexual assault or abuse sought to be protected by Congress when enacting the statute,”
according to Woods’ filing
“Rather, Ms. Herman is a jilted ex-girlfriend who wants to publicly litigate specious claims in court, rather than honor her commitment to arbitrate disputes in a confidential arbitration proceeding.”
The filing noted that Herman signed the NDA in 2017, binding her to settle disputes privately, “as consideration for” the opportunity “to continue to spend time with Mr. Woods.”
Woods’ attorneys said, “For more than six years, Ms. Herman enjoyed the benefits of her agreement,” in the court documents, alleging that his ex-girlfriend is “making salacious and insidious implications” of claims relating to sexual assault disputes.
Herman had first filed a lawsuit in December, claiming she is owed $30 million because Woods kicked her out of his house before the terms of their “oral agreement” allowing her to live there for another five years came to an end.
And on March 6, she filed a separate complaint requesting to be let out of her non-disclosure agreement, citing a law that allows NDAs to be nullified in cases of sexual assault.