Devon James made an appearance Thursday at the Manatee County courthouse in Bradenton, Florida, and filed a paternity action against famed golfer and alleged ex-lover Tiger Woods. TMZ reported that the alleged mistress (#15 by most accounts) filed the action to determine the paternity of her 9-year-old son, Austin Brinling. But she didn’t use the name by which she is mostly known. The paternity action was filed under her real name, Melinda Jannette. The respondent on the petition? Elderick [sic] Woods.
News broke via Radar Online on Tuesday that Devon James had been talking about her affair with Tiger Woods at a movie set, telling people that Tiger Woods was the father of her son, Austin. According to the source, Tiger Woods was never asked to submit to a paternity test. Devon James has previously maintained that she met Woods when she and another woman was paid $2000 for a threesome, claiming they had unprotected sex. Austin Brinling was born in 2001.
On Wednesday, several websites posted an image of a young boy purported to be Austin Brinling (James).
This is just the latest development in the second wave of scandals to rock Tiger Woods that started when British tabloids, writing about an upcoming documentary about Tiger Woods fathering a “love child” by an undisclosed woman, also resurrected rumors that another alleged mistress, Theresa Rogers, had given birth to a little girl in 2003 that belonged to the golfer.
The paternity scandal follows the mistresses scandal, which began the day before Thanksgiving but really didn’t explode until the day after Thanksgiving 2009 when the world-famous golfer drove his SUV into a tree in his neighborhood in the middle of the night. Rumors began to float that the wreck was a direct result of Elin Nordegren going after the philanderer with a golf club (or two). The fender-bender drama soon became the springboard for the other alleged mistresses to start coming forward, each successive one usually claiming that it was knowledge of the others that made them speak out.
But June 17 marked the return of Tiger Woods to a former place of conquest, the U. S. Open. Having won it four times previously, the golfing world was looking forward to Woods’ latest return to golf, this time after a short hiatus to rectify problems with his neck.
But so was the media, especially the more sensationalist, tabloid type. Stories of alleged mistresses began running rampant again. But then Monday saw the move toward a wave of paternity accusations.
The “love child” documentary is set to air Thursday as well — the first day and round of the U. S. Open. And it is highly doubtful that Devon James’ filing on the first day of the U. S. Open wasn’t a staged maneuver.
Devon James paternity petition states that it “is an action for paternity and to determine parental responsibility , time-sharing, and child support.”
However, Devon James’ own mother has stated that Austin, who is in the mother’s — not James’ — custody, is not Tiger Woods’ child, that she had DNA proof, and that her daughter was a pathological liar.
TMZ has also reported that a source close to the situation notes that the DNA tests excludes Tiger Woods as the child’s father to a “reasonable certainty.”