Damage Control

Tiger Cut Deal to Avoid Photo Leak

Tiger Woods was all smiles for his August 2007 Men’s Fitness cover, reportedly because his posing for the American Media Inc. publication prevented a scandalous photo leak. In 2007, Woods gave a rare, in-depth interview to the magazine, granting the publication access to his private life. It turns out that Woods had cut a deal with American Media Inc., which owns both Men’s Fitness and The National Enquirer, agreeing to do the cover story for the former if the latter would kill its story and accompanying photos that reportedly showed Woods with another woman, allegedly the Florida watress Mindy Lawton. Though American Media denies the reports and Woods’ agent declined to comment on the allegations, former AMI employees confirmed the deal.