An American TV executive says the couple that crashed President Obama's first state dinner is now offering to talk to broadcast networks about it - providing they're well paid.Even thought Mrs. Salahi wore a sari to the event, they are not of the Indian community. She is a wannabee celebrity and Mr. Salahi is a Palestinian racketeer who is totally broke and the couple has been either the litigants or defenders in 16 court cases in Virginia.
The executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the network doesn't publicly discuss bookings, says representatives for Michaele and Tareq Salahi contacted networks to urge them to "get their bids in" for an interview.
The executive says the Virginia couple was looking for a payment in the mid-six figures range - about half a million dollars.
What is scary here is that an unauthorized couple was admitted into the White House, while the President, Vice President, Speaker of the House, and members of the Cabinet are there. If a terror group (such as Hizbollah) wanted to take out the US government, they could do it very well with such a plan. And Hizbollah is planning major attacks on Israel and the United States.
The Virginia couple accused of crashing President Obama's first White House state dinner on Tuesday are named in at least 16 different civil suits in Fauquier County, sometimes as plaintiffs, sometimes as defendants.
A trawl through court records on Thursday revealed a more complete picture of Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who have left an extensive paper trail in federal bankruptcy and state court filings.
The couple did not respond to CNN requests for comment Thursday.
"At this time the Salahis will not make any formal comments regarding the rumors and media speculation surrounding the White House state dinner," their publicist, Mahogany Jones, said in a statement. "Their counsel, Paul W. Gardner Esq., states emphatically that the Salahis' did not 'crash' this event. We look forward to setting the record straight very soon."
Asked for comment on the Salahi's legal difficulties, Jones said in an e-mail, "We will begin doing press and media next week providing exclusive interviews and press junkets. If you would like to be considered in our media circuit we request that you hold your proposed published profile until then."
One of the lawsuits against the Salahis was filed by Robb Levin of Fairfax, Virginia, who held his wedding at the Oasis Winery in August 2005.
"I have a judgment against them," he said by phone on Thursday. "The settlement was for $15,000, plus interest from June 2008. They haven't paid a penny."
Levin contracted with the winery to provide vendors, such as florists and catering, for the event. But, he said, he discovered the winery was adding a "significant profit" to what the vendors were charging them. "Vendors told me what they were charging. They were charging me two or three times as much," he said. When he tried to use his own vendors, he said, he was fined $1,000.
After he signed a contract to hold his wedding there, "They were very, very, very hard to get a hold of," he said.
"I remember [the contract] being very short and it just said to hold the date. When I went back, I found it said they could charge my credit card at will. At the time I signed it I don't remember all those pages being there. I don't remember a whole 8- or 12-page document," Levin said. "There were thousands of dollars charged to my card with no explanation."
He fought with the Salahis, dealing mostly with Michaele, throughout the run-up to his nuptials, he said.
"They wanted more money and I wasn't releasing it," he said. "They threatened me with lawyers. They threatened to cancel the wedding."
In the end, Levin said, he paid up to make sure the wedding went ahead, then sued the Salahis afterward to get his money back.
Tareq and Michaele, meanwhile, were engaged in a long court battle with his parents over the winery.
Court records show Tareq sued his mother, Corinne, and the case was dismissed.
Corinne sued Tareq and the case went to trial. The outcome is not clear from a Virginia courts Web site.
Tareq and Michaele won control of the winery in 2007, but it has run into debt since then.
Oasis Winery filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in February, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court records in the Eastern District of Virginia. Tareq Salahi is listed as company president in the filing. Creditors listed include the IRS, Fauquier County, the state of Virginia, several banks and American Express Corp., among others. The company claims about $335,000 in assets and $965,000 in liabilities.
Among the debts listed are more than $60,000 in credit card debt and an "unknown" amount in federal back taxes.
"Debtor has not filed corporate taxes since tax year 2006," the filing says. "Has always previously had business loss, with refund flowing to shareholders."
Also listed is a $65 parking ticket in Montgomery County, Maryland, nearly $3,000 in gasoline purchases to Exxon-Mobil and more than $95,000 in legal fees.
According to the February filing, Oasis made $1.7 million in 2007 but only $35,000 in 2008. The filing lists two pending lawsuits against Oasis, one for more than $300,000 for "catering services" and one judgment against the company.
Under "repossessions," the filing lists a 2004 Aston Martin, which it estimates was worth $150,000 when it was repossessed in October 2008. Some $85,000 was still owed, according to the filing. In addition, a boat valued at $90,000 was repossessed in June 2008, with $56,000 still owed, according to court documents.
The company also had closed a checking account, $3,800 in the red, about a year before the filing.
Oasis owes $224,000 "for rental of FedEx Redskins Suite and related hospitality services," according to court documents.
The Chapter 7 filing, under which a debtor's assets are sold to pay creditors, followed an apparent effort to save the winery earlier.
The business had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 2008, with Salahi's mother, Corinne, listing herself as president.
A Chapter 11 bankruptcy is referred to as a "reorganization" bankruptcy, according to the federal judiciary's Web site.
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Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah laid out his political platform Monday during a speech filmed by closed-circuit cameras. The platform promotes armed battle against Israel and the US, as well as all of the latter's protectorates.Now for an interesting question:
"We see the US as a power that aims to impose hegemony in the region," Nasrallah explained. "The Islamic resistance movement in Lebanon aims to fight this hegemony and the (Israeli) occupation."
He said the US has been treating the globe as a market it aims to control, and that it was waging "a strategy of unlimited expansion".
"The Bush administration found in September 11 a chance to impose his influence, with the excuse of a war on terror," the Hezbollah leader said.
"He tried to create a parallel between terror and resistance. There is no doubt that American terror is the source of all terror in the world. This administration gave itself the right to embark on a war of destruction which does not distinguish between one man and the other."
Given that Tareq Salahi is a Palestinian Muslim and that his loyalties just might lie with Hamas and Hizbollah, not with the United States, could he and his wife been scoping out the event int the chance that they could get in so that next time a hit team sent by Hizbollah, Hamas or both could infiltrate the event and decimate the United States Executive Branch?
Just a thought.