Tiger Woods Paid Rachel Uchitel $10 Million in Hush Money

April 1st, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Tiger Woods is set to make his comeback at the Masters next week, following a four-month long hiatus, stemming from multiple extra-marital affairs that the top-ranked golf engaged in.  As scrutiny began to subside slightly, the last two days have not been any help to quell the story.

While most of the subject the last two weeks have focused on Woods’ status as a golfer, the previous 48 hours have brought to the forefront of the storyline things that the golfer would prefer to move past.

A day after two of the mistresses stated that members of Wood’s inner circle knew about the affairs, TMZ reports that Woods paid mistress No.1, Rachel Uchitel, $10 million to remain quite throughout.

Woods reportedly offered up the money to stop a press conference that Uchitel was going to hold back in December, with attorney Glorida Alred.  Following the cancellation of the conference, Lisa Bloom, the daughter of Alred, reported that there had been an arrangement made between the two parties.  While at the time the exact amount was not disclosed, it was believe to be a staggering amount of money.

To date, Uchitel has held up her part of whatever agreement was made, as it is believed she would be able to detail the most about Woods and the affairs.  As of now, no other mistresses have been paid off.

While Woods has insisted all along that he was the only person who knew about his affairs, the mistresses are speaking out in an interview that several did with the newest issue of Vanity Fair.

Several weeks ago, Woods gave two short interview to both ESPN and the Golf Channel, in which the issue was raised about the depth of knowledge his inner circle may or may not have had, to which Woods responded directly.

“It was all me,” he stated to the Golf Channel. “I’m the one who did it. I’m the one who acted the way I acted. No one knew what was going on when it was going on.

“I’m sure if more people would have known in my inner circle, they would have stopped it or tried to put a stop to it. But I kept it all to myself,” he remarked.

However, Mindy Lawton, one of the alleged mistresses, paints a vastly different picture, saying the his agent Mark Steinberg, and close friend Bryon Bell were aware.  In fact Bell was the primary person who set up the hotels, flights and other arrangements for the women to meet with Woods on the road.

Woods will address the media at the Masters on Monday of tournament week at 2pm Est.  He is the only scheduled conference on that day.

From there, he will play a practice round with Fred Couples, though Woods has been at Augusta several times over the last few weeks preparing for the tournament.

Despite the off-the-course distractions, Woods is the betting favorite to win the 2010 Masters according to oddsmakers, going off at 4/1.

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