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Obama gate-crashers in 'abduction' mystery

Are they up to their old tricks again?

Tareq Salahi and his wife Michaele Salahi, reality TV stars who gained infamy as the so-called White House gate-crashers, have grabbed headlines again when he reported that his wife had been abducted -- and she later contacted police to say she was fine and didn't want him to know her whereabouts.

A spokeswoman for the rock band Journey said Michaele and the group's guitarist Neal Schon were together in Memphis for a concert. "Nobody kidnapped her," said the spokeswoman. The FBI is investigating.


The mix-up, if that is what it was, began late on Tuesday when Tareq Salahi contacted local authorities claiming Michaele was missing and had left their house without taking any belongings. He believed she was abducted, according to media reports.

But in a news conference outside the Salahi residence yesterday, a sheriff's official from Warren County, Virginia, said Michaele Salahi told their department she left with a good friend, was where she wanted to be and did not want her husband to know, according to Kris Van Cleave, a TV reporter. The publicity-hungry couple famously snuck past White House security and into a state dinner in 2009. The exploit earned them headlines worldwide, and shortly thereafter she became a cast member on the Real Housewives reality TV show.