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Rachel Returns Hush Money

Threatens Gloria Allred

7/18/2011 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... Rachel Uchitel has given Tiger Woods back most of the settlement money he paid her ... and now Rachel is preparing to sue Gloria Allred, the lawyer who struck the deal, allegedly because Gloria sold her out for money.

As TMZ reported, Gloria negotiated a $10 million settlement for Rachel ... just hours before Rachel was going to hold a tell-all news conference about Tiger Woods.  The settlement included a confidentiality agreement, which prohibited Rachel from talking about Tiger.

We've learned the agreement stated ... if Rachel violated the confidentiality clause ... she would not only have to return the money she received but Tiger could sue her for damages as well.

Sources tell TMZ ... several months ago Tiger's lawyer, Jay Lavely, contacted Gloria and said they were going after Rachel because they believed she violated the confidentiality agreement by allegedly speaking with TMZ and going on "Celebrity Rehab" to treat her "addiction to love" -- though she never talked specifically about Tiger on the show.

We're told Rachel felt strongly she had not violated the agreement, but Gloria allegedly convinced her she would lose if push came to shove, so Gloria struck a deal with Lavely -- that Rachel would return the lion's share of the settlement money.

But our sources say ... what has Rachel fuming is that Gloria allegedly made a deal with Jay Lavely -- that Gloria would still get all of her attorney's fees. Rachel believes Gloria sold her out ... allegedly making a deal with Tiger's lawyer to strong-arm Rachel into giving the money back and in return Gloria would get her fee -- a fee Gloria would not have received if Rachel went to arbitration and lost.

We're told Rachel went along with the deal, but as time went on she felt she had gotten screwed, and then hired a malpractice lawyer who has made a demand on Gloria to either pay Rachel what she gave back or get sued.

Sources tell TMZ ... Rachel's lawyer has given Gloria a deadline, and if Gloria doesn't ante up ... a legal malpractice lawsuit will be filed.

We contacted Gloria, who said, "No comment." Ditto Rachel, who was also mum.

UPDATE: TMZ asked Gloria if her law partner, Nate Goldberg, was the lawyer who negotiated Rachel's big give-back to Tiger. This time she said she couldn't answer because of "attorney-client privilege."

UPDATE:  Gloria just told TMZ, "Our law firm no longer represents Ms. Uchitel and we have no comment on this story at this time.  However, we are confident that we have always acted appropriately and in her best interests."

UPDATE:  Gloria just gave TMZ another statement:  "I was not involved in any way in the allegations set forth in the TMZ story which appears today and which references me.  I have not had a conversation with or communicated with Jay Lavely about any client in more than a year.  I am reserving all of my legal rights and remedies against anyone who defames me."


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does this now mean she is free to say what she wants/when she wants about Tiger?
or if she does will she have to return the rest of the money that was probably already spent?

in arbitration she may not have lost it all since it was an assumption on the public's part that she was referring to Woods when she was speaking I'm assuming
don'*****ch Dr Drew myself

big mistake her going on that show
she didn't need the money
if she needed any form of rehab she should have chosen a private not puclic place
if she was after "fame" all along--it backfired I guess

1162 days ago


Glad to see someone is finally going to reverse things and attacking that ambulancechasing,publicity WHORE Gloria.

1162 days ago

Cravin Morehead    


The ho gave most of the money back, I guess less what she paid for her NY apartment, Gloria is getting sued, and Gloria finally has nothing to say.


1162 days ago


I'm wondering who else may step forward against Gloria Allred. Violet Kowal, Whitman's housekeeper and the underage prostitute whose name Allred revealed at a press conference comes to mind as the starting three.

1162 days ago


This fugly, disgusting whore needs to go away!

1162 days ago


Gloria Allred is a professional dingbat.

1162 days ago


This is the greatest story ever..the devil,s been doing a lot of dancing lately...karma..such a nice word ! 2 deplorable women...{Elin your smile just gets bigger & bigger}

1162 days ago


Hey, just common sense here but if Tiger knows that she knows all these "secrets" about him why would he go after the money. The man makes 70 mil a year.

1162 days ago


Gloria didn't violate the gag clause of the agreement so poor rachael has to grab at some straw. besides being a shore, she did take money from a man regarding sex, and a home wrecker she is an egotistical fool, i hope gloria rakes her over the coals big time.

1162 days ago


Wow! Looks like things for Tiger are turning to the right track, recently saw an article about Tiger's financial problems and a commercial he was doing overseas! This might help his situation! Who knows maybe his spirit is high right know and can win the next tournament!

1162 days ago


Media whores.

1162 days ago

John the Lawyer    

Hey, Harvey, you got pull in TV. Let's have a View-style show with Allred, Nancy Grace, spawn of Allred-Lisa Bloom and Jane Velez Mitchell. Fun TV for 3 minutes until the roof blows off because of the overinflated egos.

1162 days ago

Get a Nose Job, please!!!    

Tiger, Rachel and Gloria - three dispicable people !!! The new young golfers are not intimidated by Tiger and they are doing great and are so pleasant and nice. Surly, nasty Tiger's run is OVER.

1162 days ago

There's a problem here    

Rachel? Not a problem. Get on your back or open your mouth and make more. You know how that goes. I don't have much respect for Gloria Alred but I sure as he11 wouldn't be suing her. She'll knock you down so hard legally it will loosen your teeth. Lay down or open your mouth and pretend you enjoy it. That's where your money making ability is.

1162 days ago


A whore is a whore.

1162 days ago
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