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Tiger Woods’ ex-girlfriend Erica Herman drops $30 million lawsuit against 15-time major winner

July 19, 2023

Rob Carr

Tiger Woods’ ex-girlfriend has dropped a $30 million lawsuit against the 15-time major winner.

Erica Herman had filed a complaint against Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust—a trust that Woods controls—last October in Marin County, Fla., alleging that the entity was in violation of the Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act, with Herman seeking more than $30 million for damages suffered. She claimed “by trickery, agents of the Defendant convinced the Plaintiff to pack a suitcase for a short vacation and, when she arrived at the airport, they told her she had been locked out of her residence.”

In March, she filed a lawsuit alleging a non-disclosure agreement she signed should be declared unenforceable under the federal Speak Out Act. The act, which prevents the enforcement of NDAs in instances of sexual assault and harassment, was signed into law in December 2022.

But in May a circuit judge ruled against Herman, writing that Herman had failed to “provide factual specificity” regarding any accusation. On June 1, Herman and her lawyers asked the court to reconsider her case on four issues, most notably a lack of evidence, but a judge tossed out the request. Herman had planned to appeal, but instead a motion to dismiss without prejudice was filed June 29.

Herman, 39, was the general manager at Woods' restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, and was first publicly seen with Woods at the 2017 Presidents Cup. She alleged in court documents that when they began to have a personal relationship, Woods and his lawyers required her to sign the NDA and threatened to fire her if she didn't sign.

Woods, a three-time Open Championship winner, is not competing this week at Royal Liverpool as he continues to rehab following April surgery on his ankle.