Rachel Uchitel, best known as a mistress of Tiger Woods, is threatening to sue the New York Post after the newspaper's Page Six gossip column quoted her as saying some alarming things about the death of her fiancée, who was among the thousands killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Before she made headlines as the other woman who helped break up the marriage of Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren, Uchitel unwittingly become the face of tragedy in New York City after a photo of the grief stricken bride-to-be made the cover of the Post two days after the terrorist attacks. In the photo, a crying Uchitel is clutching a photo of her tragic fiancée, investment banker Andrew O'Grady.
The Sept. 6, 2011 story in the Post quotes Uchitel as saying she believed Andy was meant to die because he was too good, adding, I'm almost happy it ended the way it did because I've learned so many lessons from him. It would have been tragic if we got into fights and then divorced.
If she had gone on to marry O'Grady, she continued, I would be a fat housewife with three kids in Sands Point, L.I.
Uchitel's publicist insists her client was misquoted, and said she plans to sue the newspaper.
They took Rachel's comments from another article wholly and completely out of context, the unidentified publicist told ABC News. Rachel is demanding an apology and a retraction. She is seeking legal counsel to protect her rights and to make sure this does not happen again.
The Post is standing by its story.
Even in the immediate wake of Andy's death, some of Rachel's comments sounded a bit self-involved. Inside Edition claims to have found a video of Uchitel speaking about missing her fiancée after the attacks.
I had lipstick on, so I didn't even kiss him goodbye, she reportedly said. If I don't find him I have to start all over again. It's taken me my entire life to find him and I don't know what I will do without him.
In 2004, Rachel made the newspapers again -- but this time in The New York Times wedding announcements. Uchitel married an old school friend, Steven Ehrenkranz. In the article, Uchitel discusses coming to terms with her loss and her gratitude at finding love again. The marriage ended after four months.
When Uchitel became wrapped up in the Tiger Woods infidelity scandal in 2009, many did not immediately recognize her from the infamous 9/11 cover story -- including her late fiancée's family.
Andrew's father James O'Grady told the Daily News that Uchitel was not the same woman who was set to marry his son eight years earlier.
She was a nice person. She is not the same person anymore, O'Grady said in 2009. My son loved her. She loved my son. Maybe 9/11 had an impact on her.
In 2010, after a string of high-profile flings and a struggle with substance abuse, Rachel joined the unfortunate cast of VH1's Celebrity Rehab -- at a reported fee of $500,000. In one segment, she travels to Ground Zero with the show's host, Dr. Drew Pinksy, to send a final farewell letter to O'Grady.
Uchitel defended her decision to broadcast the emotional scene, which some thought was in poor taste.
Who the f--k are people to be talking about me? she told the Post. Until they go through what I went through, living with a guy and being engaged to him and having that person dead an hour after waking up next to him... Nobody can f-k with me about 9/11.
Indeed, as unsympathetic a character the post-Tiger Woods Uchitel has become, it is impossible not to feel for her when looking at the famous 9/11 photo -- even ten years later.
And no matter how misdirected she might be, Rachel's story of suffering is just another reminder of how many victims 9/11 claimed.