A rough week for Tiger Woods got more complicated Friday.
Even before his 2:25 a.m. traffic accident on Friday, numerous Internet reports indicated the National Enquirer is preparing to publish that Woods is involved with a former nightclub VIP host with a Las Vegas connection.
Woods was treated and released from a hospital after crashing his sports utility vehicle outside his home in an Orlando, Fla., suburb.
The celebrity Web site TMZ.com reported that a Florida law enforcement official said Woods was injured during "a domestic issue" and was attempting to get away from his wife who struck the vehicle with a golf club. Local police say Woods' wife smashed a window in the vehicle to help him escape.
The National Enquirer reportedly alleges that Woods has been linked to Rachel Uchitel, a former VIP director at Tao nightclub at The Venetian.
The Enquirer will reportedly publish a photograph taken earlier this month of Uchitel in Melbourne, Australia. She was allegedly there at the same time Woods was playing in a tournament. Uchitel was seen checking into the Crown Towers, where Woods was allegedly staying, and she was seen going to the 35th floor, which houses the VIP suite, the Enquirer report allegedly says.
Uchitel was interviewed and photographed by the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a December 2005 article about nightclubs.
As a velvet rope gatekeeper, she was asked what tip she had for club-goers.
Don't get out your wallet unless it's necessary, she told R-J reporter Xazmin Garza. "The biggest tip I've received was $1,000. And I would've let him in without it."
Uchitel's fiancé died in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, according to published reports.
Woods' attorney told the Enquirer that Woods might have been in the same club with Uchitel in May but vehemently denied an affair.
She worked at the Griffin nightclub in New York earlier this year, which is co-owned by former Pure Management Group managing partner Steve Davidovice.
Woods married former Swedish nanny Elin Nordegren, 29, in October 2004. Daughter Sam was born in June 2007 and son Charlie in February.
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