Ex-girlfriend drops lawsuits against Tiger Woods


Tiger Woods ' ex-girlfriend has dropped her lawsuits against the golf superstar and the trust that owns his Florida mansion, saying she never accused him of sexual harassment even though her attorney has made that claim.

The attorney for Erica Herman filed a one-paragraph notice in state court last week saying she was voluntarily dismissing her $US30 million lawsuit against the trust "with prejudice," meaning the claim cannot be reasserted later.

She had claimed that Woods promised she could live at the 2,800-square metre beachfront mansion until 2026 but kicked her out unexpectedly last year.

"In dismissing this action, Erica Herman states that she was never a victim of sexual harassment or sexual abuse at the hands of Tiger Woods or any of his agents and it is her position that she has never asserted such a claim," wrote attorney Benjamin Hodas, who claimed on multiple occasions that Woods had sexually harassed his client.

A separate lawsuit against Woods was rejected by a judge in May, and court records show an appeal of that decision was dropped this week. Nothing in court documents indicates a settlement was reached on either lawsuit, though that could have been done privately.

Herman was Woods' girlfriend from 2015 until October 2022, moving into his $US54 million mansion north of Palm Beach in 2016.

She managed his Palm Beach County restaurant before and during the first years of their romantic relationship, and signed a non-disclosure agreement in 2017 that barred her from discussing their relationship publicly.

It also required her to take any legal disagreements with Woods to private arbitration and not court.

Hodas claimed in a May court hearing that Herman didn't remember signing the document but that if she did it was under duress, having been told she would be fired from the restaurant if she didn't.

Hodas argued the non-disclosure agreement was unenforceable under a new federal law that says such contracts can be voided when sexual abuse or sexual harassment occurred. He contended that Woods' alleged threat to fire her was harassment.

"A boss imposing different work conditions on his employee because of their sexual relationship is sexual harassment," Hodas wrote in a May filing.

Circuit Judge Elizabeth Metzger rejected Herman's attempt to quash the non-disclosure agreement later in May, calling her allegations "vague and threadbare."

Forbes Magazine estimates Woods' net worth at $US1.1 billion. In 2017, Woods had put the mansion into the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust, an entity he created that has only himself and his two children as beneficiaries.

Woods' 14-year-old son Charlie, meanwhile, has also had a win accomplishing something his dad never did: playing on a golf team that won a high school state championship.

Woods' 14-year-old son Charlie, meanwhile, has also had a win accomplishing something his dad never did: playing on a golf team thaft won a high school state championship, which finished this week.

With his father looking on, Charlie shot 78-76 for a 154 total to finish in a tie for 26th. His team's total was 602, led by Jake Valentine, who finished in a tie for eighth at 148. It was Valentine's birdie on the 17th hole that put The Benjamin School in front, and he closed with a clinching par.