Rachel Uchitel, Tiger Woods’ former mistress, is being sued by the golf superstar’s attorney for breaching her $8 million nondisclosure agreement after she talked publicly about their affair. In a New York Times profile published Monday, Uchitel disclosed that she signed an NDA and discussed how the scandal’s repercussions continue to influence her life.
Uchitel stated that she initially signed a more than 30-page nondisclosure agreement in 2009, shortly after it was discovered that she had an affair with Woods, who was married at the time.
The agreement stated that she was not permitted to speak about her affair with Woods. Uchitel received $8 million and the promise of an additional $1 million each year for three years in exchange for her quiet.
‘I’m not an idiot, I’m not a hooker, I’m not a prostitute,’ she told the Times. ‘I was and am a very smart girl, and that’s why I negotiated $8 million because I knew it was going to affect my life.’
However, Uchitel asserts that she did not receive $8 million after taxes, and attorney’s costs totaling $1 million for five days’ work consumed almost $2 million of the original $5 million.
Despite her agreement, she consented to speak about her connection with Woods for the HBO documentary ‘Tiger,’ which premiered earlier this year.
‘I wanted for once to be the one to narrate my story,’ she told the Times about her decision. ‘Ten years later, people were still talking about me as a player in a story I had never talked about,’ Uchitel said. ‘I felt like it was time to take the reins.’
She reasoned that her interview would not affect the golfer, who had recently regained public favor, and thus agreed.
After the documentary aired in January, Uchitel said in the New York Times that she received a phone call from one of Woods’ attorneys, Michael Holtz, who promised to make her life a living nightmare.
‘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 alleged.
Uchitel filed for bankruptcy successfully after spending the approximately $2 million she said she received from the deal. Holtz is now challenging her creditor protection to file a claim against her for millions for violating her NDA.