The New York socialite at the centre of the mystery surrounding Tiger Woods’ car accident jetted to Los Angeles to meet a top lawyer.Â Rachel Uchitel, who first made headlines in September 2001 after she lost her fiancÃ© in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is said to be working to counter allegations of having an affair with the ace golfer.Â Golf star Tiger Woods took responsibility on Sunday for crashing his SUV outside his Florida house and said his wife acted courageously to help him, but again canceled an interview with authorities investigating the incident.Â The world’s top golfer said he wanted to keep details private of the accident in which his SUV crashed into a fire hyrdrant and a tree outside his mansion, but a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) officer said charges were still pending.Â The accident occurred after Woods pulled his Cadillac Escalade out of the driveway of his house at about 2:25 a.m. EST (0725 GMT) on Friday, the FHP said. He was taken to the hospital with injuries and released.The 34-year-old high-flying party organiser recently denied the claims, describing the cheating rumours as “totally untrue.” The former TV producer reportedly faced a pack of snappers as she stepped out of her New York apartment. “I wish I could say something but I can’t,” the Telegraph quoted her as saying. Divorcee Uchitel met well-reputed lawyer Gloria Allred, who represented Paula Jones in her sexual harassment case against former US president Bill Clinton, and Nicole Brown Simpson’s family in the OJ Simpson case. Woods, 33, is said to have had a heated argument with wife Elin Nordegren over reports of romance with Uchitel seconds before he crashed his car outside his 1.5 million-pound mansion.
Woods’ Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren, used a golf club to smash a window of his SUV to get him out, Saylor said. In his statement on Sunday, Woods paid tribute to his wife’s actions.Â ”My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble,” he said. “She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false. This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received.”Â ”But I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be,” added Woods, who has had two young children with Nordegren since they married in 2004.