Castmate: Jaimee Grubbs discussed Tiger Woods on 'Tool Academy'
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/03/2009
Although her alleged affair with Tiger Woods' only became public this week, former Tool Academy cast member Jaimee Grubbs had openly discussed her relationship with the professional golfer during last year's taping of the VH1 reality series, according to a fellow cast member.
"We all knew about Jaimee's affair with Tiger Woods because she told us," fellow first-season Tool Academy cast member Aida Menaska told Radar Online on Wednesday.
According to Menaska, Grubbs had even discussed Woods on camera.
"I guess they cut it out because VH1 didn't want to cause problems for Tiger Woods and his wife," she said.
The 24-year-old Grubbs appeared on the first season of Tool Academy, a VH1 reality series which attempts to rehabilitate bad boyfriends, earlier this year. Grubbs appeared on the show with Shawn "Loud Mouth Tool" Southern, who she had allegedly been dating for a couple of months.
However during the show's second episode Grubbs learned that Southern was also in a six-year relationship with Menaska, a Hollywood, CA dental hygiene student that he had previously claimed was his "psycho ex-girlfriend."
Southern chose to continue to attempt to work on his relationship with Menaska after she traveled to the Tool Academy mansion and surprised Grubbs and the rest of season's remaining couples with the disclosure, resulting in Grubbs -- whom VH1 had billed as a bartender from Studio City, CA -- leaving the show and Menaska joining the season's cast.
Grubbs went public with her alleged affair with Woods in interviews with Us Weekly and the U.K.'s The Sun on Tuesday. According to Grubbs, she met Woods at Las Vegas club Light in April 2007 and they subsequently had an affair that included approximately 20 sexual encounters.
Grubbs claims came a few days after Woods was involved in a mysterious 2:30AM one-car traffic accident outside of his house in which he hit a fire hydrant and neighbor's tree in his Cadillac SUV.
Woods and his wife Elin were both present at the scene when local police responded to a call from their neighbor and she told them she had used a golf club to smash the vehicle's back windows to help Wood exit it following the crash.
Woods was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, which he later described as cuts and bruises, however he subsequently repeatedly refused to meet with officers investigating the incident. The Florida Highway Patrol ultimately closed the investigation on Tuesday and announced Woods had been issued a careless driving citation and fined $164.
While he still has not revealed the cause of the accident, Woods has dismissed rumors that the couple had been arguing over a recent report that he had been having an affair with New York City club manager Rachel Uchitel, who initially denied the report but has now scheduled a Thursday press conference in which she will reportedly acknowledge the affair.
On Wednesday, released a statement in which he expressed "regret" for unspecified "transgressions" and "personal sins."
"I feel sorry for Tiger," Menaska told Radar Online.