Tiger Woods' Ex Erica Herman Exposes Disturbing Relationship Details With New Lawsuit Allegations

The following article includes mentions of sexual assault.

Tiger Woods is back in the news, and this time, the golf legend is facing new allegations from his ex-girlfriend Erica Herman. Woods and Herman first sparked relationship rumors in 2017 after they were spotted at the President's Cup together. Despite his celebrity status, Woods managed to keep his relationship with Herman out of the public eye, with Herman making only a few appearances on his Instagram throughout their time together. Nonetheless, the pair's relationship couldn't have been better. "They live together at his house now ... The kids like her," a source told People in 2021, referencing Woods' two kids with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren.

Woods and Herman's strong bond was also manifested following a February 2021 car crash that left the pro golfer seriously injured. "Erica dropped everything to be with Tiger the moment she heard what happened," a source confirmed to Us Weekly. "She's been by his bedside, holding his hand and telling him everything's going to be OK. He's a champ and he's got this." The insider also revealed how grateful Woods was to have such a strong support system in Herman. "He couldn't have asked for more in that regard," the source added.

These days, however, things have become fraught between the former couple — and now, Herman is sharing some disturbing details of their long-term relationship.

Erica Herman accused Tiger Woods of sexual assault

In a new lawsuit filed on May 5, Erica Herman accused Tiger Woods of sexually assaulting her during their six-year relationship. In the lawsuit, Herman claims the golf legend forced her to sign a non-disclosure agreement with threats that he would fire her if she refused. At the time they started dating, Herman was working at Woods' South Florida restaurant. "A boss imposing different work conditions on his employee because of their sexual relationship is sexual harassment," part of the lawsuit read, per the Daily Mail

But Herman's claims didn't stop there, as she also accused Woods of tricking her out of their home after their breakup earlier this year. "And, when he became disgruntled with their sexual relationship, he tricked her into leaving her home, locked her out, took her cash, pets, and personal possessions, and tried to strong-arm her into signing a different NDA," the filing added. At the time of this writing, Woods has yet to respond to Herman's claims.

Herman's claims come only a few months after initially filing a lawsuit requesting to be removed from the NDA she previously signed with Woods, as reported by People. Though she made no mention of her latest claims, Herman subtly hinted at it by citing the Speak Out Act, a law that allows for NDAs to be voided in the case of sexual harassment or assault.

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The complications of Erica Herman's NDA

Erica Herman's pursuit to nullify the 2017 nondisclosure agreement between her and Tiger Woods has become quite complicated. Woods has made it clear that all conflicts should be solved through confidential arbitration, per Golf Magazine. Herman's response, which was delivered in a statement by her attorney Benjamin Hodas, asserted, "Now, he wants to deny her access to the courts and put this case into secret arbitration, based on a highly redacted document that he claims is a contract between them."

The legitimacy of the NDA has been questioned, as Woods submitted a modified version of it in March. Due to its notable redactions, the filing claims that it "cannot be a true and correct copy." As a result, Hodas has requested that the motion be repudiated without an evidentiary hearing. On May 1, Woods' rep Rob McNamara, signed a declaration contending that Herman had supplied evidence that she had signed the document. In the filing, it was noted that Herman "does not recognize the form of the document in Exhibit 'A' [the NDA] and does not recall signing it."

Per Us Weekly, Woods described Herman's mention of the Speak Out Act as "a transparent abuse of the judicial process that undermines the purpose of the federal statute and those whom the statute seeks to protect." A source told the outlet that Herman is "hoping [Woods] settles" before the case makes its way to court.

Another ex of Tiger Woods has faced her own NDA battle

In light of Erica Herman's legal fight with Tiger Woods, the golfer's ex Rachel Uchitel has spoken out. Per Entertainment Tonight, Uchitel said, "I've obviously been in her shoes. We have something in common, right? But she has an uphill battle in front of her." She was candid about Herman's potential struggles, adding, "I think that she has a lot of things ahead of her that she's gonna have to get through. You know, Tiger's team is very ... he's got a lot of money. He has a machine behind him, and she's just one person. So, she has a lot of work to do if she wants to prove a case."

Uchitel is no stranger to feeling trapped by nondisclosure agreements, as she signed an extensive one for Woods in 2009 following their affair, per The New York Times. The document prevented her from speaking to anyone at all about details of Woods including his "lifestyle, proclivities, customs, private conduct, fitness, habits, sexual matters, familial matters." To keep her lips sealed, she received $5 million and a promise of $1 million yearly for three subsequent years. Uchitel revealed her immense frustrations with the binding agreement, saying, "I've had it with N.D.A.s." Ever since she signed the NDA, Uchitel has faced a host of difficulties that have deeply affected her personal and professional life.