DAVID ZENTZ/AP PHOTORachel Uchitel, flanked by her then-lawyer Gloria Allred, arriving in New York after the Tiger Woods infidelity scandal broke in 2009.
Rachel Uchitel wants to turn the tables on Gloria Allred, the lawyer who negotiated what is believed to be a $10 million settlement from Uchitel’s former lover Tiger Woods in exchange for Uchitel keeping mum about their affair.
Allred reportedly counseled Uchitel to return most of the settlement money because she may have violated the confidentiality clause by seeking help (and a paycheck) for her “addiction to love” on “Celebrity Rehab,” even though she never spoke of Woods specifically, TMZ.com reports.
But Uchitel didn’t think she violated the agreement, and when the former nightclub hostess found out that Allred kept her legal fees from the deal, she hired another lawyer to prepare a malpractice action against Allred, who is legendary for representing approximately 98.72 percent of attractive women who file suits against celebrities or who are otherwise linked to them in the scandal sheets. The bottom line: Uchitel wants her money back.
“Our law firm no longer represents Ms. Uchitel and we have no comment,” Allred says in a statement to TMZ. “However, we are confident that we have always acted appropriately and in her best interests.”