Nordegren and Woods
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11/04/2004 at 09:00 AM EST
Tiger Woods is taking a swing at a Vancouver yacht company, claiming it violated a confidentiality agreement by distributing photos of a boat that the newlywed golf star purchased.
Woods, who recently tied the knot with model Elin Nordegren, is suing Christensen Shipyards for allegedly distributing photos of Woods's luxury 155-foot, $20 million yacht, "Privacy," and thus breaking an agreement to keep mum on the purchase, the Smoking Gun Web site reports.
According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Miami, Christensen used Woods's name and distributed pictures of the vessel to yachting magazines during a recent boat show.
In a sworn declaration from Woods's new bride, Nordegren says the yacht was purchased "for the exclusive benefit and enjoyment of my family. As its name implies 'Privacy' was intended to be a private respite for our family to relax and escape the rigors of my husband's celebrity."
The statement goes on to say that Nordegren was at a boat show on Oct. 28 where she saw photos of the yacht "Privacy" and of her husband in Christensen's booth.
"Christensen's unauthorized disclosures invades the privacy of my family and my husband and has caused us harm that can not be fully compensated by monetary damages."
Nordegren and Woods wed in a lavish ceremony at the Sandy Lane resort in Barbados on Oct. 5. The guest list included such famous faces as former NBA stars Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.