Tomorrow the two-part HBO documentary, “Tiger,” is premiering. The documentary looks at the “rise, fall, and epic comeback of global icon Tiger Woods.”
The series will look at the success that made Tiger Woods the most recognizable household name in golf.
It will also examine the dark downfall that soon became the beacon of his career.
Most notably, Rachel Uchitel, one of the women involved in Woods’ sex scandal, is now breaking her 10 years of silence. Uchitel was not alone in her role as Woods’ mistress at the time. He allegedly had up to eight mistresses when the news broke in 2009.
After 10 years, what led to Uchitel wanting to be a part of the Tiger Woods documentary?
Uchitel Speaks Out
In recent years, with the MeToo movement and other social movements, many women have become more confident in discussing instances of sexual misconduct or violence.
More and more women are calling to have their voices heard after years of being conditioned to think that they should stay silent. In the past, women who came forward were shut down and not believed, but now these voices are given a stronger platform than ever before.
Another woman famously involved in a high-profile affair is Monica Lewinsky with Bill Clinton. Uchitel shared in an interview with Extra that she has talked to Lewinsky recently about their shared experiences and the ways in which people and the media vilified them.
Impact of the Tiger Woods Scandal
Her hope is that the documentary will allow her to tell her side of the story and finally move on from a dark chapter in her life. She wants to “set the record straight.”
“I have been silent for over a decade now. I felt that it was really important to me to speak only once in my life because I’ve spent all these years letting people think what they want to think and say what they want to say … needed to take the shackles off and be able to tell my story for me,” Uchitel said.
Uchitel hates that this one moment has become the defining moment in her life and she doesn’t believe that’s fair.
“I don’t like to be branded as a homewrecker. I’m a 45-year-old woman. I made one wrong turn ten years ago. I didn’t throw someone down the stairs, I didn’t kill someone, I made a mistake. Everybody makes mistakes … The whole thing has made my life a living hell for the last 10 years. I made a bad decision and I regret it and I’m embarrassed about it,” she said.
Uchitel Faces a Personal Tragedy
Before becoming involved with Tiger Woods, Uchitel had faced a major tragedy in her personal life. Her fiance, Andy O’Grady, died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
According to US Magazine, she was on the front of the 2011 cover of New York Post, where she was emotionally gripping a photo of O’Grady.
“That photo of me was taken because I had gone out to a bunch of hospitals to see if his name was on a list. It was the only way to find out if he was alive. I remember leaving the TV on [in] my apartment to feel less alone. It was on for a month. I never turned it off,” she said.
Uchitel’s side of the story will appear mostly in the second portion of “Tiger,” which will premiere next week.