When we first mentioned that Tiger Woods had crashed his car into a tree outside his home at 2:30 in the morning and wound up unconscious on the ground, several of you were shrewd enough to mention in the comments that, perhaps, everything was not domestic bliss in that home. It turns out there might be some truth to that rumor — before the incident, the National Enquirer had reported that Tiger was having an affair with the black-rope queen of the NYC nightclub scene, Rachel Uchitel. That’s the same publication that got the John Edwards scandal spot-on, and they’d photographed a similar hotel rendezvous between Rachel and Tiger. I guess his wife Elin smelled a little bit of the truth in it. Now, the Florida Highway Patrol is pursuing a search warrant to seize medical records in the case. Elin’s story isn’t holding up, and they’re considering pressing domestic violence charges against her. Rachel Uchitel, meanwhile, has denied the allegations and lawyered up (Gloria Allred, for realz) and is assumed to be considering pressing charges against National Enquirer for their story.
This isn’t Rachel Uchitel’s first time dodging unwanted media attention. She was an iconic image after the September 11 attacks, where her then-fiance died in the South Tower. Remember this shot?
Yeah, that’s Rachel Uchitel. Afterward, she quit her job as a news producer, suffered an emotional breakdown (duh), and spent time recovering at The Ashram in Brazil and later at the one in Los Angeles before returning to NYC and getting involved in the nightclub scene. (I got a call today from a friend who knew her during that time: “She did a 180 after the attacks. She was just this sweet little news producer, and all of a sudden she’s running the velvet ropes all over NYC and starfucking like it’s a sport.”) Several years later, she married another Wall Street trader in a giant, lavish wedding, and divorced him four months later, moving to Las Vegas to help launch the uber-successful Tao nightclub. She’s known for her uncanny ability to get A-listers to show up at clubs (uncanny, indeed). Oh, and she was also rumored to be sleeping with David Boreanaz … during his marriage.
What a cast of characters! This is about to get fun, folks.