Report: Rachel Uchitel returns money to Tiger Woods; mistress may sue lawyer


Tiger Woods’ ad for a heat rub used to relieve muscle and joint pain. (AP Photo / IMG)

TMZ.com is reporting that Rachel Uchitel, a Woods mistress who received $10 million from the golfer in exchange for not going public with details of their relationship, is returning most of that money.

She reportedly plans to sue her lawyer, Gloria Allred. TMZ reports that Woods’ lawyer Jay Lavely contacted Allred and said that Uchitel had violated the confidentiality agreement by appearing on “Celebrity Rehab” and speaking about her “addiction to love.” She did not mention Woods by name.

Allred reportedly told her she would lose if she contested the matter in court and advised her to pay back most of the cash. Unless this can be worked out, Uchitel will sue for malpractice, TMZ reports, alleging that Allred made a deal with Lavely to return the money to Woods in exchange for Allred receiving attorney’s fees.

Uchitel had no comment, but Allred released a statement saying, “Our law firm no longer represents Ms. Uchitel and we have no comment on this story at this time.  However, we are confident that we have always acted appropriately and in her best interests.”

In any event, it means that Woods, who just did an ad in Japan for an analgesic balm, is getting some of his money back. And may also mean that yucky details about his relationship with Uchitel are going to be flying around again.

Meanwhile, on what used to be the homefront, Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordengren is dating an investor, Jamie Dingman, who reportedly formerly dated ... wait for it ... Rachel Uchitel.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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