Elin Nordegren stunned to learn new man slept with Tiger Woods mistress
WITH BILL ZWECKER July 18, 2011 9:46PM
Rachel Uchitel (left) slept with both the ex-husband and current boyfriend of Elin Nordegren (right), probably at overlapping times. | AP, Getty Images
Updated: July 19, 2011 4:57AM
After happily being out of the media glare for many months, Elin Nordegren is furious that she’s back in the spotlight — thanks to new boyfriend Jamie Dingman.
It’s all because word got out that the wealthy financier earlier had a fling with Rachel Uchitel — perhaps overlapping with her romp with Tiger Woods when he was Nordegren’s husband.
Even though Dingman’s dalliance with Uchitel predated his relationship with Nordegren, she is devastated she was blindsided by all this — especially since Dingman didn’t tell her about the creepy connection until after the news broke.
“I think she’s worried she’s stumbled on another ‘Tiger,’ ” said a close Nordegren friend Monday.
† Meanwhile, as TMZ first reported, Uchitel is considering suing her former attorney, the ever-present Gloria Allred. Apparently, Uchitel believes Allred was in cahoots with Woods’ legal team — who were claiming Uchitel’s contacts with TMZ and her appearances on “Celebrity Rehab” violated the terms of her confidentiality agreement with Woods. That’s the deal signed when Woods paid Uchitel a reported $10 million settlement to keep quiet about their affair.
Uchitel denies she violated the agreement but reportedly was persuaded by Allred to pay back most of that settlement — believing she’d risk it all if Woods’ team sued and she lost.
Now TMZ is claiming Uchitel believes Allred cut a deal with Woods’ lawyers, in order to keep her fees for representing Uchitel in all this.
Allred issued a statement denying TMZ’s story and stressing she has not represented Uchitel in some time and has “not had a conversation with [Woods’ attorney] in more than a year. . . . I was not involved in any way in the allegations set forth in the TMZ story.”
SAFETY FIRST: Justin Bieber is reportedly so concerned some of the threats against girlfriend Selena Gomez — coming from a handful of insanely jealous (and delusional) Bieber fans — that he’s paid for additional bodyguards to protect his young love.
J. LO UPDATE: As Jennifer Lopez hunkers down to ride out the media firestorm she ignited by confirming her split with husband Marc Anthony, the Cuban telenovela star she tapped for her sexy “I’m Into You” music video is denying he’s the cause of the couple’s breakup.
William Levy, who recently split with his own wife, released a statement stating, “The only relationship there was or is [with Lopez] is a professional relationship. That’s all there’s ever been.”
† RadarOnline reports Levy faces far more serious problems. A young fan filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against the actor, claiming on July 19, 2010, he lured the minor to his Glendale, Calif., hotel room, where he forced her to perform a sexual act on him — leading her to become infected with a sexually transmitted disease.
Levy’s camp calls the suit baseless.
CASINO CAPER: The good buzz from the VIP crowd at the Sunday night opening of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines — spearheaded by lead investor Neil Bluhm — had Bluhm, Rivers CEO Greg Carlin and other investors like Desiree Rogers smiling broadly the next day.
Chicago’s own Jim Belushi and his Sacred Hearts band had the crowd rockin’ — kicking things off, natch, with “Sweet Home Chicago.” Among those attending the jam-packed bash were the Cubs’ James Russell and Randy Wells, ex-Bears Jerry Azumah and Steve McMichael; Roe Conn; Richard Roeper; Sugar Rautbord; Robin Berger; Linda Johnson Rice; Neal, Shelly and Steve Zucker; Eric Ferguson; Jamie Blyth; Karen and Marvin Herman; Katherine and Judd Malkin, and a whole slew of Bluhms.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Zac Efron — currently filming “Heartland” with Dennis Quaid in Iowa (and later in our area) — slipped into Sunda for a quick drink with friends before heading over to the Underground Sunday night. . . . “Mad Men” star Vincent Kartheiser was spied at Sunda earlier in the weekend. . . . Danny Pudi from NBC’s “Community.” a grad of Second City’s Training Center, was back there Saturday doing a Q&A with the current crop of students. . . . Bears and ex-Bears made the scene at the House of Blues’ Foundation Room — including Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Caleb Hanie, Tommie Harris and Fred Harris. . . . Speaking of Da Bears, Lance Briggs was seen at Public House. . . . Hawks Corey Crawford and Bryan Bickell got their steak fix at Chicago Cut, where (separately) newly engaged Bull Kyle Korver and family celebrated the happy news with two bottles of Cristal champagne on the steakery’s patio. . . . JBar was the weekend party place for the Chicago Fire’s Jon Conway, Cory Gibbs, Jalil Anibaba and Dasan Robinson — plus the Bulls’ Omer Asik.