Rachel Uchitel, the woman branded as mistress to Tiger Woods by the National Enquirer, sets the record straight to Usmagazine.com: "I did not have an affair with Tiger Woods." She adds: "I met him twice and have not heard from him since."
Woods suffered facial lacerations in a car accident outside his Florida home at around 2:25 am Friday -- and some reports suggest that he and wife Elin Nordegren had been arguing about the infidelity headlines, potentially leading to his accident.
Uchitel spoke to Usmagazine.com minutes after Woods' crash was reported. She wished the golfer well, but added "this has nothing to do with me. I don't understand why anyone would think this is anything to do with me."
In a conversation days before Woods' crash, Uchitel insisted her innocence to Us. "I have not had an affair with him. I understand that there's rumors all over because everybody's talking about it. But I'm telling you, people say rumors about me all the time. People will say a ton of things about me. I did not have an affair with Tiger Woods. The things that were said from the source in the Enquirer are in fact, not true.
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She also notes that she offered to take a polygraph for the Enquirer to prove herself, "and they refused it," she says. "They told me it was too late and the story was running anyway."
After being treated for his minor injuries at Health Central Hospital in Ococee, Fla., Woods was released Friday. Although officials are investigating the crash, it does not appear to be alcohol related.
In February, Woods and wife Elin welcomed their second child, a boy, Charlie. Their first child, Sam Alexis, was born in 2007.
Uchitel was not contacted by Woods' camp following Friday's incident. "But why would I?" she asked Us.