In the suit, uncovered by TMZ, Michaele wants a judge to grant her a separation asap as she states Tareq is a violent control freak who uses psychotic scare tactics and physical violence to control her.
Michaele, who famously ran away with Journey guitarist Neal Schon back in September, says she did so to get away from Tareq because she feared for her safety.
As for the physical abuse claims, Michaele says the final straw came on September 11 when she returned home a few hours late from running an errand. She alleges Tareq waited for her in the dark, in the basement and told her she needed to learn a lesson. Michaele ended up fleeing with Neal two days later.
Tareq is of course denying the allegations, telling TMZ that Michaele is a “chronic liar” while calling her allegations “absurd.” Tareq insists he truly loved her and did all he could to support her during their marriage.
Last month, Tareq filed a $17 million lawsuit against Michaele and Neal for what he called “publicly humiliating him with their torrid affair.”
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Last week, Tareq’s fameseeking attorney sent a letter to the attorneys of Michaele and Neal, claiming they “profited unfairly off Tareq’s misery… and sabotaged his career in the process,” thus owing him $17M in retribution! CAREER?! What career?
Tareq also claims Neal emailed him photos of his penis, rubbed their affair in his face by having on-stage make-out sessions and taunted him through the press with a $10,000 lingerie shopping spree after he sold his wife’s nether-things online. Tareq, I feel your pain, we were all brutalized by the thought of Michaele purchasing thongs! Ick.
According to Tareq’s lawyer, the “large-scale publicity” Journey received when Michaele left him for Neal “skyrocketed ticket sales for Journey’s most recent tour — all while torpedoing several pending TV deals Tareq had previously made with his wife” before she ditched him for someone more famous.
Tareq is also scaring us all by claiming the love-birds have already started taking steps to get their own reality show! And because of all the lost anticipated revenue resulting from Michael’s affair he is now $2M in debt. Which is why he believes he deserves a $17M settlement for “suffering” (and to keep him warm at night as I am guessing he’ll be single for many, many years to come otherwise!).
As for Michaele and Neal, TMZ caught up with the happy-seeming couple at Dulles International Airport where they were coming into town for Thanksgiving. Neal’s reaction upon learning about the $17M extortion attempt demand? He burst out laughing!
Needless to say the very well-off Journey guitarist finds Tareq’s actions ridiculous. “That’s pretty amazing — I think some people just don’t like to work,” Neal sniped. “I think it’s just funny,” Michaele commented on Tareq’s latest cray-cray scheme. “I heard about it, it just can’t be real.”
While she is DC, Michaele revealed she plans to get together with fellow loony, Tareq — and I’m sure we’ll be hearing about it in the tabloids very soon! “We’re going to have a settlement meeting. We already have moved forward with our lives, so it’s just kinda, going through the motions and getting closure with it,” she shared, adding that the divorce is definitely moving forward because her marriage was over “the day” she left Tareq.
“My heart has always been with Neal,” she gushed. I guess that means absolutely no regrets about abandoning Tareq for someone with actual money and an actual career.
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THOUGHTS ON THE SALAHI’S LATEST ATTEMPTS TO STAY IN THE MEDIA? DO YOU BELIEVE TAREQ’S CASE HAS ANY MERIT? WOULD YOU WATCH A REALITY SHOW STARRING MICHAELE AND NEAL?
Discussing why D.C. may have been canceled, Stacie quickly dispels the myth that poor ratings led to the show’s demise (although most fans found it boring) and believes it was the Salahi scheme that caused the cancellation.
“People tried to say it was poor ratings. We had some of the highest ratings for all of the shows,” Stacie protests. “We had a character that did something that’s never been done before on national television,” she says alluding to ultimate grifters, Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashing the White House. As for Stacie’s opinion of the Salahis: “Both of them are nuts!”
She does feel that Michaele is the better of the two (if you can imagine) and corroborates accounts that Tareq was a very negative influence in her life. “I did get to see a side of [Michaele] that made me sympathetic toward her,” Stacie admits. “I think the relationship between her and Tareq was not positive in any way, shape or form. So if running off with a rocker is gonna make her happy… then great for her.”
As for Stacie’s life post-television – she’s doing great – and has maintained her friendship with out-spoken Brit,Cat Ommanney! “Life is good! I’m really, really busy on a couple fronts, besides just the normal family stuff,” she says, referring to her thriving real estate business and her charity, Extra-Ordinary Life.
She also reveals she still keeps in touch with her biological father whom she met in Nigeria and plans to visit again soon.
And as for Stacie’s desire to return to the spotlight: “I mean, never say never… but for me it’s all about the image. If it was a quality show, yeah.” So, I’m guessing that rules out anything on Bravo!
Thoughts on Stacie’s comments about why RHODC was canceled? What do you think about her comments that Tareq was bad for Michaele – do you agree or disagree? Would you watch Stacie on a different reality show?
The latest with Tareq are his plans to now produce his own dating reality show! Apparently, many clueless women are just dying to date the troubled reality star!
According to TMZ, Tareq, 43, has been pitching his dating show to various networks, with the non-vomit inducing title of “Seducing Salahi.”
The dating show would shoot at his winery in Virginia and would be similar to the formula of the “Flavor of Love” and “Rock of Love” type shows — with 14 women competing for Tareq’s affection.
And get this, TMZ adds that several networks are actually interested! Yikes.
When Tareq’s not busy planning his dating show, he is also training for a “celebrity” boxing match. Tareq is planning to box fellow “celebrity” Jose Canseco on November 5. Tareq assures us via TMZ that when he steps into the ring, all he will be thinking about is the face of the man who stole his wife, Neal Schon aka the guitarist for the band Journey.
And speaking of Neal, he spent the weekend serenading his lady love Michelle on stage during a Journey concert.
The special event was for Michaele’s 46th birthday on Saturday. She came out on stage during which Neal serenaded her by singing “Happy Birthday.” TMZ summed it up best with this quote: “Sounds like a dream birthday any girl would want … in 1982.” A video of the serenading is below –
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST WITH THE SALAHIS? WOULD YOU WATCH TAREQ’S DATING SHOW?
The affair became public knowledge last week after Michaele’s soon to be ex-husband Tareq Salahi publicly stated she had been missing and kidnapped. TMZ however reported the next day that the former Real Housewives of DCstar had simply decided to run off with Journey guitarist Neal, whom she had been having a 2-year affair with.
In their first interview since the incident became public, the two are speaking out about their relationship and how they became a couple.
“It’s like a fairy tale. It is, it really is,” said Neal to the Daily Beast about finally being able to be out in the open with Michaele. “I’m very happy, very happy after waiting for her for 15 years. Now I want to get beyond all this media hype that Tareq has put out there. It’s really quite embarrassing.”
It gets even better as Michaele goes on to reveal that she dated both Tareq and Neal back in the late ’90s, but ultimately decided to choose Tareq after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She apparently believed she would receive better care from him.
“I chose Tareq over Neal because I thought life would be less stressful living on a vineyard in Virginia,” said Michaele. “Life on the road with a rock band…well, I thought I might not have been able to keep up.”
The two admit that the Journey concert at Tareq’s winery in Virgina early this month (Tareq was also in attendance) was a turning point in their affair relationship. “I began to see he really loved me. I had to begin to feel it completely in my soul, ” she said with Neal adding that Michaele told him she loved him that night.
“What happened was…she takes off her wedding ring…right in front of Tareq. Takes it off,” Neal explains. “And then she proceeds to come into my dressing room where I’m sitting down. I have tennis shoes on and she’s like, nine feet tall over me. And she looks down at me like she’s standing on stilts and says ‘I love you, and that’s never gonna change.’ And when that happened I said, ‘Get over here! This has taken 15 years!”
Michaele adds that she wanted to get on the tour bus and run off with Neal that night but ultimately decided to go home with Tareq to avoid humiliating him. Though she would end up doing just that about a week later.
“I didn’t want to hurt anyone, but I realized I was hurting myself,” she said of her decision to finally leave Tareq, whom she refers to as “controlling.” Neal chimes in adding that Tareq would order Michaele around, take away her money, phone and car so she had to be dependent on him, and also tell her when she could and couldn’t leave the house.
“I was going crazy,” says Michaele. “Because when you want to be with someone that bad, you start to go crazy. He [Neal] sent someone to come get me. I got on a plane by myself and I just went. I just walked away from everything.”
There’s also speculation that Neal’s July wedding to wife Ava Fabian might have been more of a spiritual ceremony and not a legally binding wedding.
The latest with the former Real Housewives of DC stars is the revelation of their prenup. TMZ, who seems to have Tareq on speed dial or is it the other way around? obtained a copy of the prenup which pretty much reveals Michaele is screwed.
According to the prenuptial agreement, if Michaele commits adultery, she automatically loses her right to any money or other property they accumulated during their 8-year marriage. Even worse for Michaele, she’s also forfeited her right to spousal support by moving out of the home they shared. But then again, is Tareq really worth anything these days?
Meanwhile, days after Michaele ran off with Journey guitarist Neal Schon, Tareq revealed the dog he once shared with Michaele has passed away.
According to Tareq, the Doberman Pinscher died of a broken heart. Yes you read that right. The dog was apparently so depressed that he couldn’t get out of bed after Michaele abandoned him. The dog passed away on Sunday.
The dog reportedly suffered a heart attack several weeks ago, and had been on meds ever since. Tareq of course is hysterical and blames Michaele whom he recently referred to as a “groupie slut” in a recent interview.
TMZ also managed to obtain some home videos which shows Michaele laying in bed with the dog just days before she disappeared. I can’t help but wonder whether or not this whole public debacle might be leading to a vomit-inducing sex tape.
And finally, Neal’s wife Ava Fabian who married Neal just two months ago is now speaking out about the affair. Ava, a 1986 Playboy Playmate, reveals she is absolutely devastated over the affair.
Ava, who says she was with Neal right before he went on tour, tells TMZ, “This is very painful for me. I’m very hurt.” TMZ adds that Ava and Neal tied the knot in Paris just this past July. Ava however makes it clear she has no plans of taking Neal back.
Photos of Ava below as well as a photo of Michaele on stage with Journey during a recent performance.
Tareq is reportedly telling friends he can never trust Michaele again and will never take her back. He apparently believes she’ll eventually get tired of Neal and try to come back to him. TMZ adds that Tareq has already changed the locks on the home he shares with Michaele and the winery.
And it gets even better folks as TMZ also posted a video (the video is below) that shows a very clueless Tareq cheering on his wife as she plants a kiss on Neal. The video was shot just weeks ago during labor day weekend when Journey was in Virginia for a show.
As reported yesterday, Michaele and Neal have been carrying on with a 2-year affair. The Salahis’ presence at the concert was no accident as Michaele had been keeping in touch with Neal days leading up to the show. He even sent her the following text days before the concert: “I will be there on the 4th for a make-up date. Solo!!!! Can u?”
Fast forward to today and Tareq is mending his broken heart with the help of non-famewhore Michael Lohan! Aka Lindsay Lohan’s daddy.
By complete and total chance, TMZ caught up with Tareq and Michael as they ate dinner in Washington, D.C. Thursday night. Tareq reiterated that he felt “betrayed,” by Neal, who he considered a good friend. As for Michael, he assured us that his friendship is “the real deal.” You know, as long as there’s TMZ cameras around!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? ARE YOU OVER THIS SOAP OPERA?
UPDATE – TMZ is now reportingTareq Salahi has officially filed for divorce citing adultery and abandonment. In the divorce docs, Tareq claims Neal sent him a picture of his penis, perhaps to taunt him. The doc reads: “the paramour [Neal] sent to my email account … a email with an attachment of a penis” — presumably his.” Tareq reveals he has a prenup with Michaele and blames the band Journey, claiming they have been paying for Michaele’s travel accommodations and other expenses.
Many doubted the latest publicity stunt drama from the former Real Housewives of DC stars for good reason. Hours after Tareq contacted TMZ to give them the exclusive, cops revealed Michaele had NOT been kidnapped and a rep for the band Journey confirmed Michaele had indeed run off with the guitarist Neal Schon.
Tareq Sources now tell TMZ he is completely “devastated” over losing his wife to Neal, whom he apparently considered a trusted friend. “Sources” reveal Tareq considered Neal and his band members “best friends.” In fact, the band reportedly came to his winery recently in Virginia and played for free while even staying with Tareq and Michaele.
It gets even better as just two weeks ago, Tareq and Michaele went to a Journey concert in Virginia and hung out backstage with Neal and a woman named Ava, whom Tareq believes is Neal’s wife. Yikes.
TMZ adds that Tareq has been crying hysterically, saying his life is over because Michaele is all he lived for.
And just moments ago TMZ broke the news that Michaele’s affair with Neal has been going on for over 2 years with a source stating she was bragging about the “wild sex” she had with the Journey rocker before she ran off with him.
Michaele Sources extremely close to Michaele reveal she and Neal first met in 1998 while she was engaged to Tareq. And despite the instant attraction the two felt, they managed to restrain themselves at first. However things came to a head in 2009 when the relationship turned sexual while Michaele was still married.
The two managed to keep the 2-year affair a secret until Michaele decided it was time to officially ditch Tareq. Michaele has reportedly described her relationship with Neal as an “intimate and passionate relationship.” In addition to crying hysterically, Tareq is also reportedly feeling “betrayed.”
So to sum this up for ya, while Tareq went to the media crying yesterday that Michaele had been kidnapped, she was busy hooking up with Neal in Tennessee, before bouncing to the next Journey concert in Memphis.
It’s hard to determine if this is a full on publicity stunt because, you know, it involves the Salahis. I am however inclined to believe Michaele did in fact run off with Neal as I doubt Neal would be in on these types of shenanigans. Now did Tareq truly believe his wife was kidnapped? That I highly doubt!
More older pictures of Michaele and Neal below! And the ultimate question is –
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TELL US – DO YOU THINK THIS WAS ONE GIANT PUBLICITY STUNT? IF SO, WAS IT THEIR WORST BEST ONE YET?