Famous figures accused of sexual misconduct

Tiger Woods' ex-girlfriend files to nullify NDA, citing sexual assault act

Stars Insider

09/03/23 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Controversy

The era of #MeToo has brought waves of fresh sexual misconduct allegations against some prominent and powerful figures. It might seem like all of these accusations are new, but the fact is that victims are only just starting to feel more comfortable in sharing their experiences, and these acts of sexual misconduct and abuse have been going on for many, many years. The difference is that, now, people are paying attention.

Tiger Woods was embroiled in one of the most famous sex scandals in history, and it looks like he might be about to face another. The world-famous golfer and former restaurant owner Erica Herman started dating in 2017 and stayed together for over five years. They seemingly split in 2022, and Herman is now bringing a lawsuit against Woods for using "trickery" to kick her out of their shared home. The Florida home is owned by Woods, but Herman states they had an oral tenancy agreement that allowed her to stay there for several more years.

In a separate court filing, Herman has requested to nullify the strict NDA Woods had her sign when they started dating. Her lawyers cited the Speak Out Act as the reason that the NDA should be voided. The Speak Out Act came into effect at the end of 2022 and protects survivors of sexual assault and harassment, particularly in regard to speaking out about assaults that occurred after an NDA was signed. “Because of the aggressive use of the Woods NDA against her by the Defendant (Woods) and the trust under his control, the Plaintiff (Herman) is unsure whether she may disclose, among other things, facts giving rise to various legal claims she believes she has,” read the court documents. 

Herman has yet to make any public allegations of sexual assault or harassment against Woods, but says that the nullification of the NDA will clear a few things up. 

The public is still learning how to deal with figures accused of sexual crimes and those who protect them, but by putting these stories in the spotlight, a discussion can be had about the power structures that enable these patterns, the faults our society has had in the past in dealing with them, and the steps we can take to do better.

Read through this gallery to discover other defamed faces who have been accused of sexual misconduct.

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