An attorney for Tiger Woods filed court documents Monday that said Woods’ ex-girlfriend, Erica Herman, is not a victim of sexual assault or abuse but is instead a “jilted ex-girlfriend” who wants to publicly litigate “specious” claims in public court.
The attorney, J.B. Murray, filed the documents in response to two lawsuits Herman has filed against the famed golfer and the trust he established for his mansion on the Treasure Coast of Florida.
Herman sued the trust after her breakup with Woods in October, claiming more than $30 million in damages and stating she had an oral tenancy agreement with Woods to stay at the residence for about five more years.
Last week, she also filed a separate lawsuit against Woods that seeks to release her from her nondisclosure agreement (NDA) with Woods that the couple signed in 2017, near the beginning of their relationship. The lawsuits are related because the NDA requires disputes between the two to be resolved in confidential arbitration instead of public court. To get out of this requirement, Herman has invoked federal laws that invalidate NDAs and bypass confidential arbitration in cases of sexual harassment or assault.
Herman has not made specific allegations of such misconduct by Woods in her lawsuits. But her lawsuit against Woods implied she would say more if the court released her from the NDA. Her attorney also made the following reply when filling out a form for her lawsuit against Woods:
“Does this case involve allegations of sexual abuse?” asked the form.
“Yes,” answered Herman’s attorney.
Her attorney answered the same question with a “no” in the other lawsuit against the trust filed in October.
“Ms. Herman argues that she cannot be required to arbitrate her claims because a new federal statute … provides that a party to an arbitration agreement cannot be required to arbitrate a ‘sexual assault dispute’ or a ‘sexual harassment dispute,’ ” said the filing by Woods’ attorney.
“Ms. Herman’s position is utterly meritless. Nevertheless, (the statute) makes it clear that whether the federal statute applies and thus bars an arbitration ‘shall be determined by a court, rather than an arbitrator.’ Accordingly,…
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