Adulterous celebs frequent NYC nightclubs

Marie-Joelle Parent, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

NEW YORK -- A celebrity wants to hook up with a beautiful woman in a New York nightclub? No problem. For the most part, all he has to do is lift a little finger and he will be surrounded by girls.

Tiger Woods, who is said to have met two of his alleged mistresses in Manhattan nightclubs, is no exception.

Inside these exclusive hotspots is what some are calling a "dirty little business."

Here is the inside scoop from behind the velvet ropes.

BUTTER

Monday, midnight

Butter is a favourite club for stars such as Lindsay Lohan and John Mayer. The dance floor is packed. VIP clients have the option of exclusive tables with bottle service to serve their own drinks.

They are surrounded by stiletto-wearing models taking advantage of the free champagne.

All of this blends together to create a typical Manhattan scene.

It is in this dimly lit club that Woods apparently met Cori Rist, a 31-year-old model and one of his alleged mistresses that he is believed to have had a relationship with for a year.

"Tiger was flying her to hook up with him on tour," wrote the Daily News this week, as a group of photographers waited for a shot outside of Rist's Chelsea apartment.

Rist is presumed to be Woods' sixth mistress, a member of the harem of women that is growing in number by the day.

The scandal surrounding Woods and his exploits has grown to monstrous proportions in the United States and around the world, and New York is no exception.

Ever since Woods crashed his SUV into a tree on Nov. 27, the saga has been repeatedly featured on the covers of newspapers and magazines and provided fodder for Internet bloggers.

The story has become even bigger than other tales of infidelity involving big names, such as former New York governor Eliot Spitzer and talk show host David Letterman.

The latter touched on the Woods story during his monologue on his show this week saying, "I wish (Woods) would stop calling me for advice."

Prior to the car crash, the National Enquirer published allegations of an affair between Woods and another New Yorker, Rachel Uchitel, in its Nov. 23 issue.

Uchitel is a hostess at restaurants and clubs in the city, such as Griffin in the Meatpacking District.

But how did the superstar athlete manage to meet so many women without his trysts becoming public?

"Girls line up in clubs to meet celebrities or athletes," said Michael Morris, a celebrity concierge in the city who has worked with Uchitel.

"I would call her to arrange VIP tables for clients visiting the clubs she worked at. She would meet them at the door and take care of everything they needed."

These exclusive bars are havens for infidelity.

"If you are a celebrity in a high-end club, you can do anything," said Morris. "Clubs turn a blind eye to a lot of things -- sex, drugs. The owners are too happy to have celebs."

He said he once watched a popular musician smoke pot in a club.

"A high (ranking) NYPD official came in, saw this, and sent over a bottle of champagne on his behalf. Only in New York ..."

When a star enters a club, everything is orchestrated.

"They set up a table for them in a corner banquette, they put free alcohol on the table, and most of the time, to please them, owners will send a bunch of models," said Morris, who is no stranger to these escort-type of demands coming from his clients.

"We have deals with modelling agencies. Clients will pay to have models hanging out in their booths.

"Club promoters also have deals with (modelling) agencies."

The nature of Woods' relationship with Uchitel remains unknown.

The hostess was scheduled to give a press conference last week but it was cancelled at the last minute.

Even rumours of Uchitel's role as his private concierge does not surprise Morris. He says she will maintain her silence.

"She was good at her job. Very professional.

"Trustworthy. A concierge never kisses and tells," he said, hinting at secrets he also plan to keep.

"Even if I know things that would make the cover of US Weekly."

What happens in New York clubs stays in New York clubs.

mj.parent@sunmedia.ca


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