Tuesday, Dec. 08, 2009

Tiger Woods' Alleged Mistress

At first glance, Rachel Uchitel is a sympathetic figure. Before becoming the subject of tabloid fodder for her alleged affair with golfer Tiger Woods, the former Bloomberg News producer lost her fiancé on 9/11 when he perished in the World Trade Center. After an emotional breakdown followed by a short-lived marriage, Uchitel became a nightclub promoter and gal about town, telling a New York City–based magazine last year that while she's been "romantically linked to a famous baseball player, a Broadway star, a musician and various film and television actors," she would "never kiss and tell." No matter, since gossip rags like the National Enquirer and TMZ.com were all too happy to do the telling for her. While Uchitel has consistently denied rumors of a fling, Woods publicly apologized for unnamed "transgressions" less than a week after crashing his car near his Florida home during a reported domestic dispute with his wife. (One Hong Kong paper took the liberty of creating an animated re-creation of the alleged domestic skirmish and subsequent crash, in a style reminiscent of Mortal Kombat — a really, really sad version of Mortal Kombat.)