NEW YORK (CBS/AP) "This is ridiculous. Not a word of it is true," Rachel Uchitel told the New York Post on Tuesday in response to rumors that she was having an affair with golf great Tiger Woods. She even offered to take a lie-detector test to prove it.
Uchitel has suffered in the last few days as major news organizations have regurgitated a tabloid story that claimed the New York nightclub hostess and the world's greatest golfer were romantically involved and that a Nov. 27 car accident outside Woods' Ilseworth, Fla., home occurred after his wife, Elin Nordegren, found out about the reported tryst.
The accident is currently under police investigation.
"I told the Enquirer and Star that it wasn't true," Uchitel told the New York Post. "I told them not only did I have information to disprove the story, but I offered to take a lie-detector test."
Uchitel also reached out to Woods' wife during the interview. "It's horrible to Tiger's family," she told the paper. "His wife must feel horrible. The worst part of it, it's not true."
Uchitel claimed that she only met Tiger Woods twice, most recently when she seated his party at Griffin, the downtown New York nightclub where she works. She told the paper she has never exchanged more than pleasantries with Woods.
Meanwhile, Woods issued his own denial, although it wasn't clear exactly what he was denying.
"Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible," Woods said in a statement released on his Web site.
Though Woods has made statements to the media, he has left the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) waiting. Three times they went to his home for an explanation as to how Woods managed to smash his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree. Three times they were rebuffed.
On Sunday, Woods released a statement saying the accident was his fault and asked that it remain "a private matter." But with the Florida Highway Patrol still investigating and the media in full pursuit, it's unlikely he will get his way.
For her part, Uchitel outright denied the affair to the Associated Press and told Blackbook Magazine, "I don't appreciate my name or what people think of me being dragged through the mud by people who don't even bother to research what or who they're talking about."
"I totally deny the Enquirer story," she said in reference to the National Enquirer, which first printed a story accusing the two of being lovers.
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