So Rachel Uchitel really is a mistress of Tiger Woods and it was her text messages that caused the argument in the Woods’ household just before the now infamous car accident? TMZ reported Thursday that Rachel Uchitel is also now recanting her story that she did not have an affair with Tiger Woods, saying that she originally lied to protect Tiger Woods from the adverse publicity. A scheduled Thursday press conference with Gloria Allred, the celebrity lawyer Rachel Uchitel retained to supposedly sue the National Enquirer for defamation over allegations that she was having an affair with Tiger Woods, has been canceled. Sources told TMZ that not only have Rachel Uchitel and Tiger Woods been having an affair for about six months, but text messages between Uchitel and Woods were the reason behind the alleged argument that precipitated the car accident early Friday morning in the Woods’ gated community in Florida.
Sources told TMZ that wife Elin Nordegren confronted Tiger Woods in the early hours of Friday morning not to discuss his tabloid exposure but his text messages with Rachel Uchitel (who, it just so happened, was the “other woman” in the National Enquirer. Coincidence?). Sources also said that Elin Nordegren wanted to know who the golfer was texting, grabbed the phone and called Rachel Uchitel to confront her, and an altercation between the married couple ensued with the phone getting broken in the process.
But at first Rachel Uchitel admitted to nothing, claiming she barely knew Tiger Woods. She admitted to the National Enquirer to being in Melbourne, Australia at the same time as Tiger Woods but she barely knew him, she said. She had met him in May and had seen him at clubs a couple other times but they were not engaged in an affair. But the National Enquirer, quoting one named and several unnamed sources, published an article calling Rachel Uchitel’s veracity into question.
Uchitel said she had been in Australia with her boyfriend, a story she recanted. She then admitted to being in Australia “for business.” She said she had been in Melbourne but had not been to Tiger Woods hotel, yet a National Enquirer reporter claimed he had watched her check into the Crown Towers hotel and go up to the 35th floor, supposedly where Tiger Woods also had a VIP suite.
And then Radar Online alleged Wednesday that Tiger Woods’ organization had booked and paid for Rachel Uchitel’s trip to Australia.
But why the charade of barely knowing each other? Because as long as everything remained circumstantial, plausible deniability worked in favor of Rachel Uchitel’s denial of being Tiger Woods’ mistress. And Gloria Allred? Posturing, and a good publicity move for all concerned — until little things like the other “other women” were named and the Radar Online story came out. But as little details began making Uchitel’s story less reliable, circumstances began to dictate something more plausible than was deniable.
Sources also told TMZ that Tiger Woods and Rachel Uchitel were in contact via text messages for at least half an hour Wednesday evening. TMZ, relying on their sources, suggested that there has been and still may be a deal between Rachel Uchitel and Tiger Woods for her to maintain her silence. The Jaimee Grubbs alleged affair expose Wednesday in Us Weekly, not to mention allegations by Life and Style Magazine that Las Vegas nightclub marketing manager Kalika Moquin could be a third mistress, may have prompted Rachel Uchitel to seek other terms in her relationship with Tiger Woods.
But it looks as if the National Enquirer is off the hook.
Tiger Woods is definitely on it…