Tiger Woods’ lawyers say there is no tenancy agreement with ex-girlfriend

Tiger Woods’ lawyers said he never had an oral or written tenancy agreement with ex-girlfriend Erica Herman, who has sued a trust – that she claims to control of Woods – for at least $30 million after He asked her to move out of his house. they broke up in october

In the latest court filing in Harman’s lawsuit against the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust, Woods asked the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Martin County, Florida, to intervene as a defendant in the case.

In a motion to intervene, Woods’ attorneys wrote that Herman sued the trust to avoid an agreement with the 15-time major champion to settle all disputes. Herman, who worked as a general manager of Woods’ restaurant before starting a personal relationship with her, is also asking a judge to remove her from the nondisclosure agreement she signed with him on August 9, 2017.

Woods’ attorneys claim the trust has “only a limited residual interest” in his home in Jupiter, Florida.

“Although this action involves Mr. Woods’ private residence and arose out of Mr. Woods’ decision that Plaintiff should no longer live in his home following the breakup, Plaintiff did not sue Mr. Woods,” motions to intervene. he said. “The disputes raised by Ms. Harman in the suit against the Trust are, in fact, disputes between Ms. Harman and Mr. Woods.”

Herman alleges that she had an oral tenancy agreement that allowed her to live in Woods’ private home rent-free and expense-free in exchange for personal services during their six-year relationship. She claims that the breach of contract occurred when Woods informed her that he was ending their relationship on October 13. He alleges that at that time there were about five years left on the oral agreement.

Woods’ attorneys dispute that he had an oral tenancy agreement with Harman.

“During the course of their relationship, Mr. Woods invited Ms. Harman to stay in the residence as his guest,” the motion said. “Mr. Woods never negotiated an oral tenancy agreement with Ms. Harman. Nor was there any written tenancy agreement between Mr. Woods or the Trust on the one hand, and Ms. Harman on the other. Mr. Woods never had any ownership in the residence The interest or possession rights have been transferred to Ms Harman.”

The latest alleges that Woods arranged for Herman to stay at a local luxury resort and paid for her to apply for a new residence after their breakup.

In a civil complaint filed Monday, Herman’s attorney alleges that Woods coerced Herman to sign an NDA. Harman believes that the NDA is “invalid and unenforceable” and that the Trust is unfairly using it against him. Harman’s attorneys are citing a federal law, the Speak Out Act, that bars nondisclosure agreements from being enforced in sexual harassment and assault cases.

Harman did not make any specific allegations against Woods.

The latest court filing notes that Woods began arbitration proceedings on December 22 to establish that Harman has no right to remain in her residence and is not entitled to monetary damages from her. But proceedings were halted on January 26 when it alleged it could not be compelled to arbitrate “because its claims for breach of the oral tenancy agreement involve a ‘sexual harassment dispute’.”

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