Tiger Woods' attorneys are suing Rachel Uchitel after she allegedly broke an $8 million NDA (non-disclosure agreement) over her affair with the 15-time major champion after she ended up talking publicly about it all.
In an interview with New York Times published earlier this week, Uchitel, 46, told the publication how she signed an NDA in 2009 soon after it was revealed that she and Woods, who was married at the time, had an affair.
Uchitel also told New York Times how the fallout from the scandal has continued to affect her life.
However, the NDA had made it clear that she was not allowed to speak about her affair with Woods in public.
Despite receiving $5 million and the promise of $1 million annually for three years to follow in return for remaining quiet on the subject, in 2019 Uchitel broke her promise after she agreed to speak about the affair with the former World No.1 golfer for the HBO documentary 'Tiger', which the public was able to watch earlier this year.
"I wanted for once to be the one to narrate my story," Uchitel told the New York Times as of her decision to speak openly about her relationship with Woods.
According to reports, Uchitel then filed for bankruptcy after appearing on the documentary. It is alleged she spent the approximate $2 million she said she netted from the agreement.
Now one of Woods' attorneys, Michael Holtz, is challenging her protection from creditors so that he can bring a claim against her for millions on his client's behalf for violating her NDA.
Uchitel tells the New York Times that a suit like this could now put her in a "deeper hole" than the one she is already in. She also claims her life has gone dramatically downhill since signing the NDA back in 2009.
Apparently Uchitel can now only find work as a spokeswoman for online sugar daddy website 'Seeking Arrangement', which she is currently suing for nonpayment of $60,000 and damages.
Uchitel told the New York Times that she had arranged a news conference but that within minutes of doing so her attorney heard from a representative from Woods offering her $200,000 to cancel it. Woods' rep is also said to have wanted to seize her phone and her emails.
She then adds that Woods rang her and told her "get what you can". That is is said to have been their final phone call.
Uchitel wanted a $10 million sum to remain quiet about their affair, but Woods and his lawyers are then said to have cut the deal down to $8 million.
She alleges she did not receive anywhere near the $8 million agreement after taxes and lawyers' fees were taken into account. She also claims that Woods' team hesitated when it came to the first additional yearly $1 million payment.
According to the New York Times report, the NDA prohibited Uchitel from "directly or indirectly, verbally or otherwise' discussing Woods' 'lifestyle, proclivities, customs, private conduct, fitness, habits, sexual matters, familial matters,' with anyone, 'including but not limited to, family members, relatives, acquaintances, friends, associates, co-workers, journalists."
It also forbade her to say she had even signed an NDA.
Uchitel is said to have turned down a number of celebrity appearances and magazine front covers with the likes of Playboy, but she did agree to an interview with Dr Drew Pinsky for a sum of $400,000, albeit with the promise that he would not discuss her relations with Woods.
However, Woods' team called Uchitel into arbitration and asked for their $5 million back and that she could forget about the additional yearly payments of $3 million.
Uchitel's lawyers told her that mediation was her best hope to hold onto the $5 million, but she was urged in a two-day hearing in 2011 to give up the additional $3 million.
As Uchitel was ready to sign the new deal, her attorneys flagged a provision stating that Woods agreed to pay their firm $600,000 - their cut of the $3 million.
After that, Uchitel then appeared on the HBO documentary 'Tiger', with the promise by producers that it would help "clear her name." She reasoned that the documentary would "not harm" Woods, who had at the time just done the unthinkable and won a 15th career major at The Masters.
Uchitel told the New York Tiimes: "Some 10 years later, people were still talking about me as a player in a story I had never talked about. I felt like it was time to take the reins."
But once the documentary aired and Woods' team had got hold of the coverage, Uchitel received contact from Woods' attorney Holtz, who she claims wanted to make her life hell.
"If you get a job, I'll come after your wages," Uchitel told the New York Times as to what Holtz told her. "If you get married, I'll go after your joint bank account. I will come after you for the rest of your life."
Uchitel is allegedly one of a number of different women who had been having an affair while he was still married to Elin Nordegren at the time.
Woods and Nordegren, who divorced in August 2010 after six years of marriage, have two children together - daughter Sam, 13, and Charlie, 12.