Rachel Uchitel, former lover of Tiger Woods, spoke Thursday about being forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) after her affair with the legendary golfer in 2009.
Uchitel’s comments came as Woods’ ex-girlfriend Erica Herman filed a lawsuit Monday seeking a judge to declare invalid an NDA she signed and cited the Speak Out Act.
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Uchitel told The Daily Mail that, unlike Herman’s NDA, she had been pressured to sign his NDA after she and other mistresses began speaking out about the scandal. She explained that the NDA Herman signed was because when people go to work for celebrities or have relationships with people who have very public lives, they want to keep their private data under a cloak of secrecy for «a number of different reasons.» She wondered if it was fair to «get out after the fact» and void it.
«That’s a very different thing than signing an NDA to cover up bad behavior,» Uchitel said.
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«There was an abusive nature in making me sign that [NDA] to keep quiet, and there was abuse in keeping quiet for 14 years later. But now he’s up against a machine.»
uchitel said The Daily Mail that even her 10-year-old daughter faces taunts from bullies at school who bring up her ties to Woods.
«‘They won’t gag me, because it’s the worst feeling, the worst feeling to have your voice tied up and not be able to tell your side of the story,» he added. «In the absence of the truth, people make up what they want, and that’s very debilitating. You lose all sense of power, all sense of self-worth, and people don’t judge you based on the facts.
«It’s not a way to live, and it can really ruin your life, and it’s not worth the money. Never. It wasn’t worth it, because a lot of the things that were said weren’t true.»
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Herman’s lawsuit against Woods came to light Wednesday, as well as an earlier lawsuit against the trust that owned the home in which he lived with the famous golfer. He claimed that «deceit» had been used to get her out of the house.