Tiger Woods’s ex-girlfriend Erica Herman is suing him for $30 million, claiming he threatened to fire her if she didn’t sign an NDA about their sexual connection.
Benjamin Hodas, Herman’s lawyer, said that “Mr. Woods was Ms. Herman’s boss.”
He said according to Mr. Woods’s version of events, she was required to sign a nondisclosure agreement to keep her job after she began having sexual encounters with him. Sexual harassment occurs when an employer treats employees differently because of their romantic or sexual affiliations.
Hodas said the internationally renowned athlete and one of the most influential figures in global sports decided to pursue a sexual relationship with his employee, then – according to him – forced her to sign an NDA about it or else be fired from her job. And when he wasn’t happy with their sexual relationship, he locked her out of the house, stole her money, pets, and belongings, and tried to coerce her into signing a new non-disclosure agreement.
According to Hodas, Herman’s “landlord” had made a sexual relationship with a co-tenant a prerequisite to renting an apartment to her. According to federal and Florida fair housing laws, such behavior is considered sexual harassment.
The circumstances of Tiger Woods and Erica Herman’s breakup are still being litigated. Herman explains how the separation happened and why she claims damages in a new court petition.
Woods and Herman dated for around six years, during which time she attended several important events alongside him and his children. Herman wants to be compensated monetarily and released from the NDA she signed, which prevents her from discussing the specifics of their relationship.
Herman described how Woods broke up with her in October 2022 as a “scheme”: he told her to get ready for a quick trip to the Bahamas, but when they got there, he told her to talk to his lawyer, and he left without her.
Mr. Woods’ California attorney informed her she was not leaving. She was locked out of the house and could not return. Neither the kids nor the pets would ever see her again.
Shortly after they broke up, Herman sued Woods and the Jupiter Island, Florida homestead trust he controls last October. The case is pending in Martin County, Florida’s Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit. Herman claimed an “oral tenancy agreement” entitled her to stay in the house for up to five years after the split, for which she wanted $30 million in damages.