Dec 5, 2009, 11:46 PM EDT
Well, I was going to the movies tonight, but at the rate Tiger Woods seems to be scoring waitresses it looks like I’m never going to see Ninja Assassin. Here is alleged mistress No. 5 (drumroll) … Mindy Lawton, a waitress from Orlando. She’s telling her story to the London Daily Mail a few hours ahead of schedule, which I learned via SportsbyBrooks. Here’s a link to her picture, and as you can see, Tiger’s taste in women seems to be getting worse as this saga progresses. I fully expect Meredith from The Office to be next.
But here’s why this revelation is different from the others: Two sources are claiming that one of Tiger’s alleged sexual rendezvous with Lawton occurred in the back seat of his SUV while it was in the parking lot of a church. And two news outlets may have conspired with Tiger’s camp to keep it all quiet. Yikes! What next?
The Daily Mail calls it a “church car park,” but you get the idea. The pair also allegedly had sex at Tiger’s Orlando home several times while his wife was out of the country; the two driving into the gated community separately. I think we’ve left “Screwing Around” territory and officially entered “Sexual Addiction.” Population: Eldrick Woods.
It was in 2006, says the Daily Mail, that Tiger and Lawton began their relationship; and on at least one occasion had sex in the back seat of Woods’ SUV. The National Enquirer was tipped to the relationship, and photographed one of the back-seat trysts from a nearby van which had the windows blacked out.
That was two years-plus before The Enquirer outed Rachel Uchitel, Tiger’s alleged mistress from New York, which started this entire saga. But according to a story in the New York Post, the Enquirer was told to spike the exclusive by its parent company, American Media, so that Men’s Fitness magazine (another American Media property) could make a deal with Woods to pose on one of their covers. Woods’ camp allegedly agreed to the deal to keep the Enquirer from revealing the affair. (American Media has denied this).
Here’s the Men’s Fitness cover Tiger posed for.
From The Daily Mail, via SportsbyBrooks:
Today, Mindy Lawton, 34, knows that she was just one of many mistresses taken by the golfer. But, according to her family, throughout their 14-month affair she laboured under the delusion that what she had with Tiger was special and that they were in love.
Mindy’s sister, Orlando primary school teacher Lynn Lawton, said: ‘She is extremely, extremely naive, my sister. She is single, never married, never had children and still looking for a relationship. I have to hand it to him. It was brilliant to choose my sister to play his kind of game.’
The unworldly Mindy was easily dazzled and undemanding. She and Tiger met in summer 2006, when Mindy was working as an $8-an-hour manager and waitress at Perkins, a diner only a short drive from Tiger’s home in the upmarket Orlando suburb of Windermere. Tiger and his wife Elin would regularly take breakfast there.
Some are calling bull**** on this one, but my question is, how is this less believable than the other four? If you’re going to cheat on a woman who looks like Elin Nordegren, you’re obviously not going for glamor to begin with.
On the alleged coverup, the New York Post writes:
Woods’ camp, fearful of a potential public-relations nightmare in spring 2007, allegedly agreed to do a cover for Men’s Fitness — a magazine owned by the Enquirer’s parent company, American Media, former Men’s Fitness editor-in-chief Neal Boulton said yesterday.
“[American Media CEO] David Pecker knew about Tiger Woods’ infidelity a long time ago,” Boulton told The Post. “[Pecker] traded silence for a Men’s Fitness cover.”
Boulton said he left his post in April 2007, as the seedy Woods-Men’s Fitness deal was completed.
“We were going to [do a quid pro quo with] America’s favorite sports star, just to get his name on the cover of a magazine,” said Boulton. “That was too much for me. That’s when I high-tailed it out of there.”
Pecker dismissed all the quid-pro-quo allegations.
“It is absolutely not true,” said Pecker. “[Boulton] is a disgruntled former employee.”
This news follows closely on the high heels of reports that Jamie Jungers, a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, is about to tell her own story to a British tabloid, possibly in just a few hours. Now that Lawton has beaten her to the punch, Jungers’ Myspace mood status has been updated to “royally pissed.”
Tiger Woods, the $8-an-hour diner waitress and the deal that kept their affair out of the news [London Daily Mail]
Mistress #5 Claim: Perkins Waitress Mindy Lawton [SportsbyBrooks]
How mag helped to cover Tiger’s great ‘lie’ [New York Post]
Another alleged Tiger mistress surfaces; here’s Jamie Jungers [Out of Bounds]
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