Ex-girlfriend drops lawsuits against Tiger Woods and says she never alleged sexual harassment – WKRG News 5
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods’ ex-girlfriend has dropped her lawsuits against the golf star and the trust that owns his Florida mansion, saying she never accused him of sexual harassment even though her attorney made that allegation.
Erica Herman’s attorney filed a one-paragraph notice in state court last week saying she voluntarily dismissed her $30 million lawsuit against the fund “with prejudice,” meaning the claim cannot be reasserted later. She had claimed Woods promised her she could live in the 30,000 sq ft (2,800 sq m) beachfront mansion until 2026, but he unexpectedly kicked her out last year.
“In dismissing this action, Erica Herman states that she has never been a victim of sexual harassment or assault at the hands of Tiger Woods or any of his agents, and it is her position that she has never asserted such an allegation,” attorney Benjamin wrote. Hodas, who claimed on multiple occasions that Woods sexually harassed his client.
A judge dismissed a separate lawsuit against Woods in May, and court records show an appeal of that decision was dropped this week. Nothing in court documents indicates that either lawsuit was settled, although it could have been done privately.
Hodas did not return a call or email seeking comment Thursday. Woods’ attorney, J.P. Murray, declined to comment.
Herman was Woods’ girlfriend from 2015 until October 2022, and moved into his $54 million North Palm Beach mansion in 2016. She managed his Palm Beach County restaurant before and during the early years of their romance, and signed a non-disclosure agreement in 2017. Which prevented her from discussing their relationship publicly. It also requires her to refer any legal disputes with Woods to private arbitration rather than to court.
Hodas claimed at a court hearing in May that Herman did not remember signing the document, but if she did she would have been under duress, having been told she would be thrown out of the restaurant if she did not.
Hodas argued that the NDA is unenforceable under a new federal law that says such contracts can be voided when sexual assault or harassment occurs. He maintained that Woods’ alleged threat to fire her was harassment.
“A boss imposing different working conditions on his employee because of their sexual relationship constitutes sexual harassment,” Hodas wrote in a May filing.
Circuit Judge Elizabeth Metzger rejected Herman’s attempt to void the nondisclosure agreement later in May, calling her claims “vague and threadbare.”
“Herman had the opportunity (to provide) factual details of any allegation of sexual assault or sexual harassment, but did not do so,” Metzger wrote.
Forbes magazine estimates Woods’ net worth at $1.1 billion. In 2017, Woods placed the mansion into the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust, an entity he created that benefits only himself and his two children.