All About Rachel Uchitel, Who Says She Wasn’t Sleeping With Tiger Woods

Rachel Uchitel, the woman rumored to be swinging Tiger Woods’ club (if you know what I mean), is not happy about her sudden notoriety. Especially since she claims that she never even slept with Tiger. In a very long interview with the NY Post this morning, she denies the claim and offers to take a lie detector test to clear things up. She says that she explicitly told The National Enquirer that the story wasn’t true, and that at least one of their sources for the information, Ashley Sampson, was shaky. “[The source of the story] is not even a friend of mine. I’ve met her twice in my life. I’ve got some really horrible things that I can say about her and her past,” says Rachel. “She had a personal reason to make this up. She got herself invited on a trip that I went on [to Europe]. She conducted herself in a manner that was so embarrassing that the trip ended after a day.” [NY Post]

But let’s back up for a moment. Who is this girl?

  • Rachel started out as a producer at Bloomberg News, but quickly discovered it wasn’t for her. So she got into the nightclub industry, assisting in the launch of Tao in Las Vegas. Since then, she’s become the head of VIP operations for mega clubs like Stanton Social, Marquee, Dune, Pink Elephant, and Griffin. [Blackbook Magazine]
  • The industry is in her blood—her grandparents owned El Morocco supper club in the 1960s where boldfaced names like John F. Kennedy and Cary Grant went to party. She says her dream is to recreate the place. [Blackbook Magazine]
  • Rachel says she met Tiger Woods twice and that both occasions were very innocent. “He came in to the Griffin 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. That’s my job.” As for the second encounter: “I got a random phone call from somebody who needed to set up a bachelor party in Vegas. He said, ‘Tiger Woods was going to be with us, can you set us up?’ I said sure … The bottom line was I was setting up a table, and obviously, I was saying Tiger’s name as I was talking on the phone to my contact.” [NY Post]
  • Rachel has two dogs—an Affenpinscher named Ozzy Osbourne and a Brussels Griffin named Rudy Guiliani. And she loves to travel—she has a weekend apartment in Vegas and frequents St. Tropez. She says the Four Seasons in Thailand is her favorite spot in the world. [Blackbook Magazine]
  • But life has certainly not been all fun and games for her—her fiance, James Andrew O’Grady, died in the World Trade Center attacks. “I was very strong after the night of 9/11,” she told The New York Times. But later, she had a breakdown. “I couldn’t get through the day,” she said. [NY Daily News]
  • A few years later, she married a childhood friend and Wall Street trader. They divorced after four months. [NY Daily News] Since then, she’s played the field. “I’ve been romantically linked to a famous baseball player, a Broadway star, a musician, and various film and television actors,” she said. “But I will never kiss and tell!” [Blackbook Magazine]
  • Rumors flew earlier this year that she was getting down with David Boreanaz, whose wife was pregnant. “David would walk in the door, and they’d have sex right away,” a source told Star. “He told her, ‘Every time I have sex with you is like the first time.’” [The Hollywood Gossip] And a source told the Daily News that she has a history of going after married men. [NY Daily News]
  • She’s hired lawyer Gloria Allred, known for representing the scandal-ridden, to deal with the Tiger scrutiny. [Examiner] But she holds that the rumors aren’t true. “The whole thing’s a lie. It’s just stupid. I’ve never texted or talked to him on the phone … There is no evidence. It’s just [their] word against mine and Tiger’s. If there was evidence, she would have dates, times, pictures … It doesn’t look good because of stories in the past about me and other celebrities, and everybody thinks I’m just a celebrity f**ker. Well the truth is, I live alone, I don’t have a boyfriend, and I have my gay best friend staying over most nights. I’m a recluse. I don’t go out, I stay home with my dogs and friends.” [NY Post]