Rachel Uchitel has reportedly given back almost all of the $10 million given to her as hush money from Tiger Woods, and is gearing up to sue the lawyer who helped her ink the mega-deal in the first place.
After the Tiger Woods scandal broke, Rachel was the first mistress to step forward. In order to keep the scandal from becoming public, Tiger and his people paid Rachel $10 to keep quiet – and never talk about her relationship with the golf pro. Ultimately Rachel broke this agreement by appearing on Celebrity Rehab, and then speaking with TMZ about her relationship. (I hope it was worth the $10 million!)
Rachel is alleging that Gloria Allred, her onetime lawyer, sold her out for money.
As TMZ reported, Allred negotiated a $10 million settlement for Uchitel, just hours before she was going to hold a tell-all news conference about Tiger Woods. The settlement included a confidentiality agreement, which prohibited Uchitel from talking about Woods.
We’ve learned the agreement stated if Uchitel violated the confidentiality clause she would not only have to return the money she received but Woods could sue her for damages as well.
Sources tell TMZ that several months ago Woods’ lawyer, Jay Lavely, contacted Allred and said they were going after Uchitel because they believed she violated the confidentiality agreement by allegedly speaking with TMZ and going on “Celebrity Rehab” to treat her “addition to love,” though she never talked specifically about Woods on the show.
We’re told Uchitel felt strongly she had not violated the agreement, but Allred allegedly convinced her she would lose if push came to shove. So, Allred struck a deal with Lavely, that Uchitel would return the lion’s share of the settlement money.
Rachel is reportedly fuming over the deal Gloria made with Lavely, which ensured Gloria would be paid her attorney fees. Uchitel believes that Gloria sold her out, making a deal with Tiger’s lawyers in an attempt to get Tiger’s money back.
Apparently Rachel was in on the deal in the beginning, but then got the feeling she was getting screwed. She’s since hired a malpractice lawyer to sue Allred.
Sources tell TMZ that Uchitel’s lawyer has given Allred a deadline, and if Allred doesn’t ante up, a legal malpractice lawsuit will be filed.
Posted Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 10:10am
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