[I just found this unusual when I saw this article in the newspaper today – that a lady from 9/11 (that used to work at Bloomberg) is tied in with Tiger Woods. This can be taken a couple of different ways – the surfacing of 9/11 truths, Mother Sekhmet showing her colours again (this time as a tiger – note previous post HERE), or simply everything coming to a head. Add to that a rather odd response to a question that I’ve bolded and underlined below – check THAT one out. Either way, the synchronicity was too much for me not to post about it. Tony]
Mary Vallis, National Post
Thursday, December 03, 2009
In the past decade, Rachel Uchitel has been a TV producer, then a woman mourning her fiancé’s death on Sept. 11, 2001, then a nightclub hostess and, now, the alleged mistress of Tiger Woods.
Ms. Uchitel, 34, appears in one of the most striking images captured after Sept. 11. After airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center towers, a photographer found the young woman standing outside New York’s Bellevue Hospital, overcome with emotion as she searched for James Andrew O’Grady, her fiancé. Her engagement ring sparkled beside the flyer she held; it bore a picture of him smiling. Mr. O’Grady had the ring made for her a month before he died.
Twenty six years old at the time, Ms. Uchitel was working as a TV producer with Bloomberg in New York. Mr. O’Grady, 32, was a managing director of fixed-income sales for Sandler O’Neill & Partners on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s south tower. The pair met on a blind date. According to The New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning series about Sept. 11 victims, “Portraits of Grief,” Ms. Uchitel had just gotten off the phone with Mr. O’Grady, who had joked with her about where she had left the towels that morning. They had recently returned from a 10-day vacation in Greece.
Mr. O’Grady’s body was found a few months later. It was not until two years after the attacks that Ms. Uchitel experienced an emotional breakdown, left her job and sought therapy. “I felt like everyone had forgotten about it,” she told The New York Times in 2004. “I was resentful. Lonely.”
In 2003, she found love again, this time with Wall Street trader Steven Ehrenkranz, whom she knew as a teen, when they both attended private school. The pair rekindled their friendship in Florida, where Ms. Uchitel’s mother is said to be a socialite. They married the following year, in a storybook wedding in front of 270 people. The union was covered by The New York Times; Ms. Uchitel wore a strapless satin Reem Acra gown and her long blonde hair down in loose waves. But the marriage was short-lived; the couple separated about four months later.
“I made the mistake of thinking marriage would make someone stay because I was so fearful of being left again after 9/11,” Ms. Uchitel told the New York Post in 2006.
She left New York for Las Vegas, where a friend named Jason Strauss offered her a job working the velvet ropes of the city’s hottest club, Tao. Ms. Uchitel and Mr. Strauss, who were each other’s first kiss when they were 12, were soon romantically involved and described as one of Vegas’s power couples. “She has grabbed her future by the velvet rope,” the New York Post proclaimed.
In recent years, Ms. Uchitel has bounced back to the East Coast, attending to the needs of celebrities at hot nightclubs in the Hamptons and New York. In recent months, tabloids have linked her with everyone from New York Yankees Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez to Bones actor David Boreanaz (while the star’s wife was pregnant). Radar Online also published pictures of a tanned Ms. Uchitel at St. Barts in the Caribbean; she appears to be playfully slapping the rear end of American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest.
Tabloids immediately began calling Ms. Uchitel after Tiger Woods’s car crash; she denied any romantic links to the golfer, saying she had met him through work on several occasions and that their relationship was strictly professional.
“It’s the most ridiculous story. It’s like they are asking me to comment if there are aliens on Earth,” Ms. Uchitel told the New York Post. “I work in clubs and I am a businesswoman. I do not have sex with celebrities, and I have not had an affair with Tiger Woods.”
TMZ, a gossip website, claims it was a series of text messages between Mr. Woods and Ms. Uchitel that preceded his car accident. “Sources say less than an hour before Tiger’s accident, Rachel and Tiger were texting each other. Elin confronted Tiger and asked whom he was texting. She grabbed the phone and we’re told she called Rachel to confront her,” TMZ reported. “According to sources, Tiger and Elin began arguing and the phone broke in the process.”
It has also been reported that Mr. Woods’s organization paid for Ms. Uchitel to travel to Australia last month while the golfer was at a tournament.
“I travel all the time. It’s part of my job,” Ms. Uchitel told the New York Post. “I was down in Australia with friends who were there for a number of different reason and had nothing to do with Tiger Woods.”
Ms. Uchitel has since hired celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred. The pair had scheduled a news conference for Thursday, where Ms. Allred was expected to release a statement confirming the pair had indeed been an item. The event was called off a few hours before its start time.
Radar Online alleged that Ms. Uchitel received a US$1-million payment from Mr. Woods to cancel.
National Post, with files from news services
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