Tiger Woods claims he offered Erica Herman 'luxury hotel stay' after split

Tiger Woods' attorneys have filed a motion in a Florida court alleging he 'never had' a written or oral tenancy agreement with his ex Erica Herman.

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Sat, 11 Mar 2023
Tiger Woods claims he offered Erica Herman 'luxury hotel stay' after split

There has been a fresh twist in the legal battle between Tiger Woods and his ex-girlfriend Erica Herman. 

In case you missed the news, Herman filed a complaint in October against a trust Woods controls - the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust - stating that he was in violation of the Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act. 

She is seeking $30m in damages and claims she was "tricked" by Woods to pack a suitcase for a short holiday and when she arrived at the airport had been told she had been locked out of where she was living. 

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Herman claims she had a verbal tenancy agreement with Woods, of which she had 'five years remaining' to share his Jupiter residence. 

But per reporting by Evin Priest of Golf Digest, Woods' attorneys filed a motion on 8 March disputing the claim. 

The motion reads: 

"During their relationship, Mr. Woods invited Ms. Herman to live with him as his guest in the Residence. Mr. Woods never negotiated an oral tenancy agreement with Ms. Herman. Nor was there ever a written tenancy agreement between Mr. Woods or the Trust, on the one hand, and Ms. Herman, on the other hand. Mr. Woods never transferred to Ms. Herman any ownership interest in or rights of possession to the Residence."

The court documents also state that Woods, 47, offered Herman, 38, 'assistance' in finding a new residence and accommodation a luxury hotel in the meantime. 

"On October 13, 2022, Mr. Woods notified Ms. Herman that he was breaking off their relationship. At that time, he informed Ms. Herman that she was no longer welcome in the Residence. Mr. Woods arranged for Ms. Herman to stay at a local luxury resort and provided funds she could apply toward a new residence."

It's important to note that this complaint by Herman is separate to the one Herman filed earlier in the week in Florida.

She signed a non-disclosure agreement in 2017 but wants that nullified. 

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Herman's attorneys have declared it is unenforceable under the Speak Out Act, which was signed in to law last year. 

The act prevents the enforcement of NDAs in instances of sexual assault or harassment. 

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