11/30/2009 AT 8:00 AM ET
The so-called “other woman” whose name has surfaced in the wake of Tiger Woods’s accident has hired a high-profile celebrity lawyer and issued an adamant denial of any relationship with the golfing champ.
“I did not have any involvement with him [Woods],” Rachel Uchitel told E! News. “Whatever was written in the Enquirer was not said by me, it was said by two people that claimed they were friends of mine, but they’re not.”
She added: “I am overwhelmed, so I hired Gloria Allred to handle the situation. I don’t want to get this much attention, and I wish everybody would leave me alone.”
Just days before Woods, 33, crashed his car near his Florida home, the National Enquirer claimed he’d been carrying on a romance with the New York nightclub manager. Following the crash, rumors swirled that Woods’s wife, Elin, had argued with the golfer about an affair just before the accident, and that she had caused the scratches police found on his face.
In a statement after the accident, which took place early in the morning after Thanksgiving, Woods denied “the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors.” He also asked for everyone to respect his privacy, and has repeatedly canceled interviews with police.
“She is a fun party girl; she was definitely into celebrities,” a source tells PEOPLE. “She’s into being around famous people. Her job was to rack up VIP clientele. She is a flirtatious girl.”
With reporting by LIZ McNEIL