Tiger Woods to Break Silence and Apologize at Friday Press Conference

Tiger Woods intends to end three months of silence by apologizing on Friday, the first time he will be seen in public since a Thanksgiving car crash started a domino effect of sexual allegations against him.

Woods is expected to speak on Friday at 11 a.m. for a mere five minutes from the PGA's headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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"This is all about the next step," Mark Steinberg, his agent, told The Associated Press. "He's looking forward to it."

In a statement, Steinberg said he would speak to a "small group of friends, colleagues and close associates" and that he "willl discuss his past and his future and he plans to apologize for his behavior."

"While Tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between he and his wife, he also recognizes that he has hurt and let down a lot of other people who were close to him. He also let down his fans. He wants to begin the process of making amends and that's what he's going to discuss," the statement said.

Steinberg said the Friday event will not be a news conference, suggesting that questions will be limited. A small group of reporters will be allowed to attend while others can watch from a nearby conference center on a televised feed.

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The statement did not say whether Woods' wife Elin Nordegren would be by his side.

The lawyer for one of the women with whom Woods is alleged to have had an affair, said she wanted the golfer to appologize to directly to Veronica Siwik-Daniels, better known by her porn star name Joslyn James.

Attorney Gloria Allred said she wants Woods to "apologize to Veronica by name on Friday for all of the anguish and distress that he has put her through and acknowledge that they had a three year romantic and intimate relationship, and that he told her that their relationship would last a lifetime."

Allred said that Siwik-Daniels, star of "Porn Star Brides," gave up a career in the adult film industry at Woods' request.

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"Veronica has made tremendous sacrifices for him," Allred said in a statement to ABC News.com. "She gave up the porn business at his request and went into hiding when the scandal broke in order to protect him, but to date he has not contacted her to apologize."

Woods has not been seen in public since November, issuing just two terse statements through his Web site admitting to "transgressions" and is rumored to have spent time in a sex rehabilitation clinic in Mississippi.

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In December Woods announced he would take an indefinite leave of absence from golf, bowing out of tournaments as sponsors scrambled to distance themselves from the once squeaky-clean athlete.

Rumors have swirled since early this month that Woods might play at the Tavistock Cup, an unofficial event played between pros from two rival country clubs at Woods' home course at Isleworth in Orlando on March 22 and 23.

Golf's premier event, the Master's Tournament, will be held April 5 – 11 in Augusta, Ga. If Woods plans to attend that event and wants some time on a pro course beforehand, there are just two PGA Tour events in March for which he can still register.

Woods has been virtually unseen this winter leading to speculation about where the golfer is hiding and when he might return to public life and professional sports.

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