This past Friday, at 2:25 a.m., pro golfer Tiger Woods crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a tree outside his house. Not the best ending to the Thanksgiving holiday, he was taken to the local hospital with facial lacerations, and released later that day. It was reported to the media at that time that, after the crash, Woods's wife, Elin Nordegrin, used a golf club to break the rear windows of the Escalade and rescue him from the vehicle.
Then the rumors began flying, mostly due to a story in the National Enquirer the week before, alleging that Woods was having an affair with nightclub operations manager Rachel Uchitel. Was the crash the result of a fight between Woods and Nordegrin, related to his alleged affair? Did Nordegrin smash the windows of his car as he was attempting to drive away? Uchitel thinks such theories are ridiculous.
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According to a source in the Enquirer story, Uchitel had told her that she and Woods were in love. Another source said, "They were constantly 'sexting.' Tiger was asking things like, 'What are you wearing? What do you want to do to me? What do you want me to do to you?'"
Uchitel denies the rumors. "We have never had an affair, talked on the phone or sent any type of text, sexy or not." Regarding the validity of rumors that speculate over a marital spat causing the car crash, Uchitel says, "Despite it being completely untrue, it still must have certainly caused some problems at home—If I was his wife, I probably would have killed him."
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She also calls into question the legitimacy of the Enquirer's "sources," insinuating that they would have said anything for the $25,000 they were each paid for their stories.
Those at the Enquirer stand by their story, pointing out that Uchitel has been linked to married men in the past, most notably David Boreanaz, who was said to have had an affair with Uchitel when his wife was pregnant. And the publication has a decent track record when it comes to uncovering scandalous celebrity affairs, such as the one between John Edwards and Rielle Hunter. Still, Uchitel is considering suing the tabloids for defamation, and continues to deny the rumors.