Michaele Salahi Kidnapped? No, She’s on a Journey
Michaele Salahi and husband Tareq, who gained infamy by allegedly crashing a White House state dinner, now are at the center of a story in which he initially thought she was kidnapped when she actually ran off with a rock star.
On Wednesday, Tareq was concerned that his wife had been abducted after she called from an unfamiliar number and said she was going to her mother's house, but never showed. "We are asking the public to please be on the lookout for her, and if found please approach her and contact the authorities to intervene and that she may be forced to say she is OK, when in fact she is not and being held under possible abduction," he said.
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The Real Housewives of D.C. star, 45, subsequently told authorities that she's not missing — and is exactly where she wants to be.
"[Michaele] assured the deputy that she had left the residence with a good friend and was where she wanted to be. Mrs. Salahi advised that she did not want Mr. Salahi to know where she was," the Warren County Sheriff's Office said in a statement to CNN.
The statement added that Mrs. Salahi "did not want to be home right now."
Where does she want to be right now? In Memphis with guitarist Neal Schon, 57, of the '80s arena-rock band Journey — which is enjoying a resurgence.
"She's not been kidnapped," a rep for the band told The Washington Post. "Nobody kidnapped her." And TMZ reported she dated Schon in the past called it an "intimate and passionate relationship."
The Salahis were both featured on the Bravo series, which was scuttled after one season. And there's more bad news, at least for Tareq: his winery has been ordered to go on the auction block by a Virginia bankruptcy court.