Joslyn James, a porn star and alleged mistress of Tiger Woods, held her first press conference on Wednesday since the golfer's infidelity scandal began. She's breaking her silence for an unusual cause: to protest a new line of golf balls called "Tail of the Tiger -- the Mistress Collection." As sold by Creative Classics, the balls feature images of the many women linked to the married Woods, 34.
James, whose real name is Veronica Swik-Daniels, doesn't want a cut of the profits from the quirky sports product.
Instead, she said in Los Angeles that "it is wrong for a golf ball to have my picture on it -- because golfers hit their golf balls with a lot of force."
Swik-Daniels continued, "as a victim of violence myself, it bothered me to think that someone would be standing with a dangerous club hitting a ball with my photo on it."
The adult film actress appeared with her lawyer, Gloria Allred, who has famously represented scores of celebrities as well as Rachel Uchitel, the first Woods mistress to be publicly identified last November.
Allred said at the press conference that "hitting a woman or an image of a woman is not a sport...this would be no different than using a picture of a woman's face for target practice." She noted that a "cease and desist" letter has been sent to Creative Classics, demanding that the company immediately halt sales of balls with Swik-Daniels' likeness. The famous lawyer argued that the "Tail of the Tiger" balls are "dangerous and reprehensible" and promote "violence against women."
Speaking on a personal note, Swik-Daniels surmised, "I don't think that Tiger would want my picture on a golf ball."
Of her actual affair with Woods, she claimed, "I was in love with Tiger...and I believed that he loved me too."
Allred said that the golfer had "feelings" for her client -- as expressed in numerous text messages. In one dated Oct. 1, 2009, Woods allegedly wrote to Swik-Daniels, "Baby, I'm not going anywhere or doing anything. You please me like no other has or ever will. I am not losing that."