"This is ridiculous. Not a word of it is true," Rachel Uchitel tells the New York Post. "I told the [National] Enquirer and Star" – the tabloid newspapers that broke the story – "that it wasn't true. I told them not only did I have information to disprove the story, but I offered to take a lie-detector test.
According to Uchitel, who handles VIP clients at a New York nightclub, the unidentified acquaintance who's spreading rumors of her supposed relationship with Woods is motivated by greed – she was allegedly paid $25,000 for her story – and revenge.
"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. It was a total nightmare," Uchitel says of the woman, whom she called an acquaintance at best. "I saw her again last week in Vegas. I was embarrassed by her behavior. She fell down the stairs at the restaurant because she was so wasted. She's a train wreck."
That is the kind of woman that Uchitel says she studiously avoids – for professional reasons.
Professional Mingling"I don't want people like that around me. In my business, I am around celebrities and very rich people all the time. People look into it badly," Uchitel says. "People say all the time: 'Rachel only hangs out with celebrities and rich people.' It's my job. I work in the nightclub industry. Those are the people that come there, and the clients are my job."
Talk of the alleged affair ramped up after Woods, 33, was involved in a one-car accident near his home in Florida. Some speculated that Woods and wife Elin Nordegren were arguing fiercely about the alleged affair just before the crash.
"It's horrible to Tiger's family. His wife must feel horrible," Uchitel says. "The worst part of it, it's not true."