Tiger Woods’ ex-girlfriend Erica Herman has dropped a sexual assault accusation against the champion golfer. She wrote that she was never a victim of sexual harassment or assault and “she never asserted a claim for such.” In May, Herman claimed Woods pursued a relationship with her while she was a waitress at one of his restaurants in Florida.
Benjamin Hobas, her attorney, said at the time that a boss pursuing an intimate relationship or treating staff differently because of the existence of an intimate relationship with a staff member amounts to “sexual harassment.”
Herman signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in 2017 but sought to have this thrown out under the Speak Out Act, which dismisses NDAs if harassment is a factor in a case.
Circuit Judge Elizabeth Metzger rejected Herman’s attempt to quash the NDA, saying her allegations against the golfer were “vague and threadbare.”
In July, she dropped a separate suit, filed in October last year, that alleged Woods violated the Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act when he “tricked” her into leaving her home. Ms. Herman said she went on a short holiday, and when she returned, she was locked out of Woods’s mansion near Palm Beach. She sought $30 million in compensation.
The couple’s relationship began in 2017, and they were first seen together in public when Herman attended the President’s Cup with Woods in the official capacity of “player spouse.” A native of Florida, Herman grew up in Palm Beach County. While she is a law graduate from the University of Central Florida, she spent most of her career in the restaurant trade – becoming the general manager of the golf legend’s restaurant The Woods Jupiter, which he opened in 2015.
News that the couple had split hit the newspapers in March 2023, when she filed the lawsuits against him.
Tiger Woods was married to Swedish model Elin Nordegren from 2004 to 2009 when she filed for divorce, citing infidelity. They have two children.