Rachel Uchitel says Tiger Woods’ lawyers are after her

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Rachel Uchitel says Tiger Woods' lawyers are after her

Tiger Woods’ former mistress Rachel Uchitel claims the golf star’s lawyers want to go after her for violating an $8 million non-disclosure agreement by speaking out about their affair.

The former nightclub hostess, 46, revealed that she had signed the more than 30-page NDA in 2009 shortly after she was outed for having an affair with the then-married athlete, the New York Times reported.

“His lawyers are saying, ‘We want all your text messages and here’s the price,’ and you’re like ‘Screw you’ and you move into deal-maker mode and all of a sudden, it’s the rest of your life,” Uchitel told the newspaper.

The agreement forbade her from “directly or indirectly, verbally or otherwise” discussing the golfer’s “lifestyle, proclivities, customs, private conduct, fitness, habits, sexual matters, familial matters,” among other topics, with anyone, “including but not limited to, family members, relatives, acquaintances, friends, associates, co-workers, journalists,” the outlet reported.

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Tiger Woods’ lawyers are targeting Rachel Uchitel for breaking an NDA that she signed about their affair, according to her claims.
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The arrangement also prevented her from telling anyone that she signed an NDA.

In return for her silence, she was given $5 million and a promise of an additional $3 million over the next three years, Uchitel said.

But in the end, Uchitel claimed that she only pocketed $2 million of the original $5 million following taxes and lawyer fees.

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Rachel Uchitel says that terms of the NDA with Tiger Woods’ team also prevented her from telling anyone that she signed the non-disclosure agreement.
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When it came time for the additional payouts, Uchitel said Woods’ team never followed through.

The reason she believes for the nonpayments was that she appeared on “Celebrity Rehab” to address her supposed issues with male attention, the newspaper reported.

She claimed that she was called into arbitration by Woods’ legal team, who allegedly demanded their $5 million settlement back from her.

More than a decade after the affair, Uchitel says her relationship with Woods is still impacting her finances, career, mental health and love life.

She decided to speak out after producers approached her to appear in HBO’s documentary, “Tiger,” in 2019.

“I’ve had it with N.D.A.s,” Uchitel said.

“Ten years later, people were still talking about me as a player in a story I had never talked about. I felt like it was time to take the reins,” she added.

She filed soon after for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and was granted protection from creditors early this year, the newspaper reported.

But after the documentary was released, she was contacted by one of Woods’ lawyers, Michael Holtz.

“If you get a job, I’ll come after your wages. If you get married, I’ll go after your joint bank account. I will come after you for the rest of your life,” she said he told her.

Holtz, who argued that he wasn’t properly notified about her bankruptcy cases, is now challenging her protection from creditors — a move that Uchitel claims is so that he can bring a claim against her on his client’s behalf for violating the DNA, the newspaper reported.

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Rachel Uchitel claims that Tiger Woods’ lawyer contacted her, saying he would “come after” her financially, following her participation in HBO’s documentary, “Tiger.”
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She asked criminal lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman, who has represented clients such as El Chapo, for help earlier this year and he agreed to contact Holtz on her behalf, the outlet reported.

“I felt badly for her,” Lichtman told the newspaper. “She had a consensual relationship with Woods, no more her fault than his, but after it was over he was able to move on with his golf career, while she was stuck with the stigma of being the other woman.” 

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