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Tiger Woods files for arbitration, arguing ex-girlfriend Erica Herman never made any claims of sexual assault or harassment in her $30m lawsuit

 



Tiger Woods files for arbitration, arguing ex-girlfriend Erica Herman never made any claims of sexual assault or harassment in her�$30m�lawsuit

Golf legend,  Tiger Woods has filed for arbitration to argue that his ex-girlfriend Erica Herman never made any claims of sexual assault or harassment in her $30m lawsuit over her right to live in his Florida mansion.


Herman, 38, is suing a trust, she claims Woods, 47, controls, for $30million alleging that he tricked her into leaving the Florida mansion where they had lived together for six years following their breakup in October.

She claimed that she had an oral agreement with Woods's trust, the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust – which is the legal owner of his mansion in Hobe Sound where the two lived together, that allowed her to live at the property for 11 years.

Woods has now filed a motion in the lawsuit in the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Martin County, Florida for an order to compel arbitration over the matter.

In the latest filing obtained by DailyMail.com, the 15-time major winner's attorneys claim that Herman is not a victim of sexual abuse but rather a 'jilted ex-girlfriend' who wants to 'publicly litigate' claims in court.

Woods has now filed a motion in the lawsuit in the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Martin County, Florida for an order to compel arbitration over the matter.

In the latest filing obtained by DailyMail.com, the 15-time major winner's attorneys claim that Herman is not a victim of sexual abuse but rather a 'jilted ex-girlfriend' who wants to 'publicly litigate' claims in court.


They additionally argue that her claims are subject to Woods and Herman's arbitration agreement as she has not made claims of sexual assault in this particular lawsuit.

The golfing icon previously attempted to start arbitration proceedings on December 22 to establish that Herman has no right to live in his residence and is not entitled to monetary damages from him.


The previous motion to stay the claims and compel arbitration stated that Herman signed a non-disclosure agreement which is included in the filing but is heavily redacted. It stated that any disputes should be overseen by an independent arbiter rather than through the courts.


However, proceedings were halted on January 26 after Herman alleged that she cannot be compelled to arbitrate as 'her claims alleging breach of an oral tenancy agreement involve a "sexual harassment dispute."'

Herman is also taking Woods to court over the NDA she claims is being wrongfully forced upon her, citing the Speak Out Act and alleging in the bombshell lawsuit that he sexually abused her.

In the separate court filing, filed last week, to void the NDA, which she had signed with him on August 9 2017, Herman made the startling allegation that the 82-time winner on the PGA Tour had sexually abused her but went into no detail as to what the alleged abuse entailed.

However, in the latest filing in the dispute over her claimed tenancy agreement, Woods's attorneys note that Herman has not asserted any claims for sexual assault or sexual harassment in this particular landlord-tenant action.

It notes that when completing the Civil Cover Sheet for her lawsuit over his Florida mansion, Herman checked the 'No' box for the question, 'Does this case involve allegations of sexual abuse?'

'She [Herman] has never asserted any claims for sexual assault or sexual harassment, does not do so in this landlord-tenant action, and, if she is truthful, can never do so,' the document reads.

'Ms. Herman’s bare reference to the statute, without any allegations to support its application to the facts of this case, is insufficient to relieve Ms. Herman from her contractual obligation to arbitrate. Rather, it is a transparent abuse of the judicial process that undermines the purpose of the federal statute and those whom the statute seeks to protect.

'Accordingly, Defendant requests that this Court (i) review the allegations in Ms. Herman’s self-titled Complaint For Violation Of Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act, (ii) determine that this action is not “a case which is filed under Federal, Tribal, or State law and relates to [a] sexual assault dispute or [a] sexual harassment dispute”; and (iii) order the parties to arbitrate the claims asserted in this action.'


The motion therefore claims that Herman’s Complaint For Violation Of Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act 'does not contain any allegation remotely suggesting sexual harassment or sexual assault.'

The document also states that Herman's complaint does not 'contain any reference to a Federal, Tribal, or State law relating to sexual harassment or sexual assault,' but instead 'alleges that the Trust breached a purported oral tenancy agreement .'

Woods's lawyers additionally claim that Herman is a not a victim of sexual assault or abuse that Congress intends to protect with the act she has cited but rather is 'a jilted ex-girlfriend who wants to publicly litigate specious claims in court, rather than honor her commitment to arbitrate disputes in a confidential arbitration proceeding.'

The latest filing comes days after the PGA Tour star also filed a motion to intervene, in which his lawyers wrote that Herman had sued the trust instead of Woods in order to avoid an agreement she had made with him to arbitrate all disputes.

Woods' attorneys claim the trust owns 'only a limited remainder interest' in his home in Jupiter, Florida, and that Herman's grievances are against Woods and not the trust.

In Herman's lawsuit, filed in October, she said she should have been allowed to live in the home for another five years but Woods used 'trickery' after breaking up with her, leaving her suffering 'severe' emotional damages.

The complaint says that she provided 'valuable services' at Woods's requests as part of the 'oral tenancy agreement,' which gave her the right to live at the property for a 'certain duration of time,' and she claims that she still had a right to live at the property for another five years.

Herman alleged that former World No. 1 Woods persuaded her to go on a short vacation and when she got to the airport, his representatives told her she had been locked out.

Herman also claimed that Woods's representatives removed $40,000 of her money and made 'scurrilous and defamatory allegations' about how she got the money.

Woods's lawyers disputed those claims last week, saying that he never negotiated a written or oral tenancy agreement with her and that she lived at the property as a 'guest' of the golfing icon.

They also claimed that Woods arranged for Herman to stay in a local luxury resort and gave her money to apply toward a new residence after their October breakup.

Woods and Herman were together for six years after being first spotted at the Presidents Cup in New Jersey in October 2017.



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