White House gatecrashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi are at the center of another strange controversy.
Tareq reported his wife Michaele missing on Tuesday, but the Real Housewives of D.C. star tells authorities she’s fine.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Wednesday saying they had spoken with Michaele and she “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.”
It turns out that she’s actually with Journey guitarist Neal Schon in Tennessee, where the band has a gig with Foreigner.
“Nobody kidnapped her and they are in Memphis together,” a Journey rep tells TMZ.
Why she was with Schon wasn’t immediately explained, though last year, Michaele told PEOPLE: “I had a lot of dear friends before I met Tareq, like Claude McKnight, [R&B musician] Brian McKnight’s brother, who ended up singing at our wedding. He’s a best friend. … [And] Neal Schon from the rock band Journey. Very close to him.”
Tareq had called the sheriff to say that he hadn’t seen his wife for six hours and was concerned because he received a phone call from her from an unfamiliar Oregon number and believed she was under duress.
Soon after, Deputy Mike Glavis spoke with Michaele on the phone and said she was “calm” and “engaged in the conservation.”
“Mrs. Salahi advised Deputy Glavis that she was very sorry that the Sheriff’s Office had to be involved, but she did not want to be home right now,” the statement said.
Tareq was then informed that his wife was fine, but told TMZ he believed she was forced to make the call by her kidnapper.
“We are reaching to the public pleading desperately for your help,” Tareq said in a statement. “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.”
By Alla Byrne and Charlotte Triggs