She did not have sexual relations with that golfer, Tiger Woods.
Uchitel, the club promoter at the center of tabloid speculation about
Tiger Woods's car accident last week, made a clear and unequivocal
denial of the National Enquirer story that claimed she had an affair
with the married Woods.
"This is ridiculous. Not a word of it
is true," Rachel Uchitel told The New York Post in an exclusive
interivew. "I told the Enquirer and Star that it wasn't true. I told
not only did I have information to disprove the story, but I offered to
take a lie-detector test."
Uchitel said that she has met Woods
only twice as part of her job as a hostess for VIPs, sort of a
nightclub ambassador to the well-heeled and famous.
"But Tiger and I are not friends," Uchitel told The Post. "That's a whole different
ballgame. I've only met him twice. He came in to The Griffin [the
Meatpacking District nightclub where she worked as a VIP hostess] in
the summer. As usual in my job, I got a call from a promoter that he's
coming in. I went outside and brought him and his entire group in,
walked them upstairs, introduced him to his waitress.
"I may have asked him if he needed anything. I hung out at the door
to make sure they were OK, and when they were ready to leave, I walked
them downstairs to the car," Uchitel said. "That's my job. Then I heard rumors I was
making out with him at Griffin, that I had brought him in to Griffin."
"I had never spoken to him before that. I had met him once in my entire
life before that, for two seconds at a bar through a mutual friend who
just introduced me. Period," Uchitel said. "He was shy and quiet and sitting with
someone else. It had nothing to do with me."
to Uchitel, the story of the affair is a complete concoction pitched to
the tabloids by some acquaintances
who may have overheard her
say Woods's name on the phone. Uchitel said she got a call from a
friend who was organizing a bachelor party in Las Vegas and that
Woods was expected to be one of the guests.
Uchitel made some calls on behalf of the friend to some Las Vegas
nightspots, dropping Tiger's name. However, there was a problem and
Woods's party had to leave the nightclub after 10 minutes because he
was being swarmed by autograph hunters.
"I was literally on the phone for four hours with [my contact], who
will also go on record, saying I was on the phone for hours trying to
work out what the f- - - happened with their table reservation," Uchitel said. "Tiger's
name, of course, was brought up because it was about protecting a
celebrity. But it was nothing to do with me knowing him, about me
having sex with him, text messaging him, sexy text messages -- the
whole thing is ridiculous. I mean, he loves me? It's hurtful to his
In The Post interview, Uchitel confirmed that she had been in
Melbourne, Australia, at the same time as Woods last month, but denied
she had hooked up with Woods there.
"I was down in Australia with friends who were there for a number of
different reasons and had nothing to do with Tiger Woods," Uchitel said. More Tiger Woods: Car Crash Photos | Life in Pictures | SI Covers | Family Album