- The Washington Times - Friday, December 4, 2009

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. | A potentially explosive news conference with a woman who reportedly was his mistress was canceled Thursday, and more details trickled out about the car accident that started all the trouble for Tiger Woods.

The news conference in Los Angeles for Rachel Uchitel, the woman who denied a tabloid report about an affair with Woods, was canceled about an hour before it was to begin.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who was to make a statement about Uchitel’s relationship with golf’s No. 1 player, said it was called off because of “unforeseen circumstances.” Allred said she would have no further comment.

For the first time since last Friday, when Woods ran his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree outside his Florida home, there were no news conferences involving police nor any statements from Woods on his Web site.

His last one was Wednesday, when he issued a statement conceding that he had “let my family down.” That followed a report in US Weekly magazine of a cocktail waitress claiming to have had a 31-month affair with Woods.

The Associated Press obtained an audio recording of an interview the Florida Highway Patrol conducted with Woods’ neighbors after the accident. Troopers interviewed Jarius Adam, who called 911, and his sister, Kimberly Harris.

Harris told troopers that Woods’ mother, Kultida, and mother-in-law, Barbro Holmberg, were at the scene, but the AP could not confirm that.

A voice that strongly resembles Woods’ mother is heard in the background during the 911 call saying loudly, “What happened?”

A spokeswoman for Holmberg, mother of Elin Nordegren, didn’t know whether she was in Florida when the accident happened.

“I don’t know for sure, but I don’t think so,” spokeswoman Ewa Malmborg said. “I have not been informed about that. She was here again working on Monday again anyway.”

Woods’ peers, meanwhile, went from talking about him to playing in his $5.75 million golf tournament. He previously pulled out of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club, an 18-player event that pays $1.35 million to the winner. Participants spent most of the week taking questions on their sport’s biggest star, most offering support and curious about details and some of the allegations.

More criticism came from Jesper Parnevik, who once employed Woods’ wife as a nanny and told reporters Wednesday that he owed her an apology for introducing them.

“I have lost all respect for him, primarily as a man and a father,” Parnevik was quoted as saying in Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet on Thursday.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide