She says this has been very tough on her 7-year-old son.
Cori Rist, a stay-at-home mom of a 7-year-old boy, went on the "Today" show this morning to clear her name. She says she has been called a hooker and an escort since the Tiger Woods scandal broke, and those accusations are simply not true.
"I felt it was necessary to defend myself because I'm hearing negative reports; they're not true," Rist told "Today." "I'm not an escort, he has not paid me, I'm a mother. At the end of the day, I made a mistake, but I'm not what they're claiming that I am. So I will defend myself because I have no other choice."
"We were pretty much involved in a relationship, and then I decided that I didn't want to be part of it anymore, and I broke things off with him six months later after I met him," she says. "He kept pursuing me for the next two and a half years, and we saw each other, but less often. During the first six months, I'd see him twice a month."
She broke down when she talked about how this scandal has affected her son, who she says has had to hear "horrible things" about his mother.