Tiger Woods is “terrified” of the lawsuit brought against him by ex-girlfriend Erica Herman, as he worries about the possibility of “another scandal,” according to a report.
Herman is suing Woods over a non-disclosure agreement that she says was wrongly forced on her, citing the Speak Out Act, in which he alleges in the lawsuit that he sexually assaulted her.
In a separate lawsuit discovered by DailyMail.com, Herman is suing Woods for $30 million for “serious” emotional damage, alleging that he tricked her into leaving the Florida mansion where they had lived together for six years.
Woods is now worried about how the legal battle will play out publicly as the golfing legend is desperate for another scandal, according to People.
“It terrifies him,” an insider close to the 15-time grand winner told the publication.
Tiger Woods is ‘terrified’ of the lawsuit brought against him by ex-girlfriend Erica Herman
Herman is taking the 15-time grand winner to court over a non-disclosure agreement she says she had to sign following the couple’s split in October after six years together
The couple were last seen together at the US Open in August 2022
There is said to be ‘a lot of panic’ for Woods with the situation described as a ‘nightmare’ for him as he tries to avoid another public scandal.
Woods’ career was nearly derailed by a past cheating scandal with ex-wife Elin Nordegren, who is the mother of his two children — daughter Sam, 15, and son Charlie, 14.
Two days after news of Woods’ affair with New York nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel first broke, he hit a tree and a fire hydrant with his SUV.
Uchitel told DailyMail.com this week that she also had to sign a non-disclosure agreement in the days after their affair was revealed in 2009, saying it “ruined my life” and left her unable to defend herself against public attacks on her character.
After the report of the affair came out, more women came forward claiming to have had affairs with the golf star, leading him to take an indefinite leave from golf in an effort to salvage his marriage and check into a Mississippi behavioral rehab center.
Woods was ultimately unable to salvage his marriage and he and Nordegren publicly divorced in August 2010.
Herman is said to be aware that the thought of another controversy terrifies Woods, as they’ve “talked about it.”
The source added that “no one wants the details of a long-term relationship made public.”
The insider claimed it had become clear to “everyone” around the former couple that the relationship had become “toxic.”
Herman is seeking more than $30 million for what she says is “dereliction of duty” that has caused her “serious” emotional damage.
Woods career nearly derailed over past cheating scandal with ex-wife Elin Nordegren
Rachel Uchitel had to sign a non-disclosure agreement after news of her affair with Woods came out in 2009
Woods and Nordegren publicly divorced in August 2010 (pictured at the 2009 Presidents Cup)
Woods shares two children with Nordegren Sam, 15, and Charlie, 13, (pictured with Woods and Herman after his 2022 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony)
Sam, Nordegren and Herman at the 2022 PNC Championship to watch Woods and Charlie play
Woods thinks the amount Herman is asking for in the lawsuit is “ridiculous,” according to an insider.
They added that the PGA Tour star must now decide “whether it’s worth paying that amount of money for this to go away,” or risk Herman giving a telling interview “to Dr. Phil’.
In papers filed in October, Herman said she could have lived in the Hobe Sound, Florida home for another five years, but Woods used “cheating” after breaking up with her in October.
She claimed she had a verbal agreement with Woods’ trust – the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust – who is the legal owner of his mansion in Hobe Sound where the two lived together, allowing her to live in the property for 11 years.
The complaint says she provided “valuable services” at Woods’ request as part of the “verbal lease,” which entitled her to live in the property for a “specified period of time.”
According to Herman, there were five years left on the verbal agreement for her to live in the property when Woods engaged in “prohibited practices.”
DailyMail.com can reveal she filed a separate case against him in October claiming he kicked her out of his $48 million Florida home
Herman sued the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust, which owns the home in Hobe Sound where she lived with Woods for six years while they were together. Located on Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound has been home to former presidents and A-listers
She claimed she had a verbal agreement with the Woods trust that allowed her to live in the house
Woods and Herman were together for six years, but the relationship reportedly turned toxic
Herman claimed that former world No. 1 Woods persuaded her to go on a short vacation and when she arrived at the airport his representatives told her she had been locked out.
Herman also claimed that Woods’ representatives took $40,000 of her money and made “villainous and slanderous allegations” about how she got the money.
In the separate court that overturned the non-disclosure agreement, Herman made the surprising claim that the 82-time PGA Tour winner had been sexually assaulted, but did not go into details about what the alleged abuse entailed. ask “Does this case involve allegations of sexual abuse?”
In the filing, Herman cited the Speak Out Act, which states that a non-disclosure agreement is not enforceable if it was agreed before a sexual assault or sexual harassment dispute.
She said she was pressured to remain silent and abide by the NDA by Woods’ private trust, claiming she was “currently unsure what other information about her own life she might discuss or with whom.”
Woods recently filed a motion to compel arbitration and stay the claims.
In the document, his lawyers said that after Woods ended the relationship, Herman was told she was “no longer welcome” at the property, where the golfer lives with his two children.
Woods and Herman were together for six years after they were first spotted at the Presidents Cup in New Jersey in October 2017.
Herman did not go into detail about what the alleged abuse entailed, but simply ticked the “yes” box under the question “Does this case involve allegations of sexual abuse?”
The pair was first spotted at the Presidents Cup at Liberty National, New Jersey in October 2017
She had been working as a general manager at the restaurant – a pop-up at the Genesis Open at The Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, California, where Woods recently returned to for the first time since the British Open last July for the first time since the British Open. competitive golf – owned by her boyfriend.
Once they started dating, the two became inseparable, with Herman regularly supporting him at golf tournaments.
Rumors first started swirling about them after Erica was spotted wearing a “player husband” badge, usually given to wives and girlfriends.
The following month, they went public about their relationship.
Woods’ lawyers state that he broke things on October 13, 2022, and that Herman “responded to the breakup by filing this lawsuit.”
They added that her claim that she wants to live in the property is “directly against the best interests of Woods and his children.”
The document filed by Woods’ attorneys stated that the couple never married and that when Herman lived in the Florida home, she was a “guest” of the golfer.