Tiger Woods is in the news today, though not because he’s at TPC Sawgrass to play The Players Championship. His ex-girlfriend, Erica Herman, has sued him for $30 million, alleging that she was evicted from the mansion on Jupiter Island, Florida, where she lived with the 15-time major winner during their five-year dating.
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The fact is that, according to Herman’s version, after the breakup, El Tigre would have agreed to let her use the residence for a period equivalent to the time they lived there as a couple, that is, five years.
The agreement, which was verbal, included that a Tiger Trust, the irrevocable trust of the Jupiter Island property, would take over all the expenses of the house. Therefore, the 30 million requested by the ex-partner of the five-time Masters champion correspond, according to Herman’s lawyers, to the «reasonable rental value» during the years that they would have promised him that he could continue living there.
The story is even more intricate, because Erica says that she was manipulated to leave the house and could no longer re-enter, as her lawyers explain: «Through deception, the agents of the accused [Tiger] convinced the plaintiff [Herman] to pack a suitcase and go on vacation.
When she got to the airport, they told her not to go back to the residence.» This week, Herman filed court documents attesting that she and the golfer lived together in that mansion. Erica says she returned home from the airport, where They did not let her in and gave her her belongings, except for $40,000.
«They misappropriated more than $40,000 in cash that belonged to Herman, using defamatory and slanderous arguments about how he obtained the money,» said lawyers for Woods’ ex-girlfriend. In Erica’s version, it is also said that a lawyer for Tiger offered him various proposals without allowing him to get legal advice.
According to the TMZ web portal, Erica signed a confidentiality agreement when she began dating Woods in 2017. This same medium says that Herman would like to break said agreement to reinforce his accusations, but it is not possible.
The press asked Herman’s lawyers directly if «this case involved any kind of abuse.» The plaintiff’s legal representatives did not enter to respond but, according to TMZ, in the court file that Erica’s lawyers had just presented, the question is asked: «Does this case involve allegations of abuse?», the lawyers checked the box with a «Yeah».
It should be remembered that Herman was the manager of a restaurant that Tigre opened in Jupiter -The Woods- and that is how they met. In fact, in 2019, both were sued for the death of a waiter at the establishment. His family alleged that the young man, after completing his shift, stayed at the premises, where they gave him excessive alcoholic beverages until he reached alcohol poisoning. He left The Woods in his vehicle and was in a fatal accident. The claim was unsuccessful.