Rachel Uchitel, Tiger Woods' Mistress, Returns Some of Hush Money

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on July 18, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

The sordid details of Tiger Woods' affair with Rachel Uchitel may be hitting the newsstands sometime soon, as the home wrecker turned reality star has reportedly been forced to give back a hefty chunk of the $10 million sum she was paid to keep quiet.

But that's not all. Uchitel's donation to Tiger's reportedly dwindling bank account was allegedly marred by lawyer misconduct and greed, with none other than Gloria Allred accused of raking in the big bucks on the back of her client.

For those who didn't follow the Woods Affair, Rachel Uchitel received $10 million in exchange for signing a confidentiality agreement to keep details of the affair quiet, reports NBC Sports.

Not content with mad money and mild fame, the network reports that Uchitel then went on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which Woods' lawyers determined violated the agreement.

Gloria Allred, Uchitel's attorney at the time, reportedly advised her client that she would lose if taken to court, convincing her to return the majority of the money in order to avoid a lawsuit.

But Rachel claims that Allred engaged in a little self-dealing when negotiating with Woods' lawyers, reports TMZ. She claims Allred pushed her into the deal because Woods' attorneys agreed to pay her attorney's fees.

Now she's threatening to sue for malpractice.

From the allegations alone, it's difficult to determine whether Allred or her partner engaged in malpractice, or if the attorney's fees were always part of the larger agreement. If the latter is the case, Uchitel likely benefited from this portion of the agreement, as she would have had to pay the fees otherwise.

And as for whether the confidentiality agreement is no longer valid, that isn't likely. The refund and second agreement don't necessarily override the original, and given their goal of keeping Rachel Uchitel quiet, it seems unlikely Tiger Woods' lawyers would have allowed it to happen. Stay tuned to see if anyone else actually gets sued. 

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