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Just when you thought you had seen it all and heard it all with the Salahis, TMZ is now reporting that Tareq Salahi believes his wife Michaele Salahi was kidnapped yesterday in Virginia.

Tareq himself spoke to TMZ confirming the story and adding that he is upset with cops as he feels they are not taking his claims seriously. Can you blame them?

According to TMZ, the latest drama with the former Real Housewives of DC stars started yesterday morning after Tareq last saw Michelle at their VA home right before he left to go the winery. Tareq tells TMZ Michaele told him she was going to get her hair done, but never made the appointment and has been missing since.

Tareq claims he got a phone call from Michaele late last night from an unfamiliar Oregon cell phone number. She reportedly told him she was going to her mother’s house, located minutes away from their home. Tareq says he was however suspicious and called Michelle’s mom who told him she had yet to speak to Michelle and was unaware of her plans.

Tareq adds that he then decided to call the cops at this point. The cops however told Tareq that Michaele had called them to inform that she was OK and was simply dealing with some “family issues.”

That wasn’t good enough for Tareq who now believes Michaele was forced to make those phone calls by her abductor. Tareq also believes his wife is in real danger because the Salahis have received death threats in the past.

Tareq reveals he is considering going to other law enforcement for help because he feels his local police has yet to take proper action. A rep for his local police department tells TMZ they are not releasing any info about the situation at this time.

In a statement released to the public, Tareq states: “It is our belief as of last night, that Michaele Salahi may have been kidnapped or abducted and being held under duress and forced to tell persons, including authorities she is okay. We are asking the public to please be on the look out for her…The Salahi family can be reached at 540-635-9933.”

WOWZERS. Photo credit: WENN.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? DO YOU BELIEVE THIS IS REAL OR ANOTHER PUBLICITY STUNT?

UPDATE – In a not so shocking and very expected update, it turns out Michaele was NOT kidnapped afterall! TMZ is now reporting Michaele actually ran off with Neal Schon, the lead guitarist for the band Journey. TMZ adds that Michaele (pictured below with Neal and hubby Tareq in 2010) has actually been dating the rock icon.

She even went to his show in Nashville last night and is currently with him in Memphis, where Journey is set to perform. A rep for Journey confirms the news stating: “Nobody kidnapped her and they are in Memphis together.” Neal is to the right of Michelle in the photo below.

Another day, another legal drama involving former Real Housewives of DC stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi.

This time around, it involves celebrity Montel Williams. TMZ is reporting Montel fired off a cease and desist letter to the Salahis for using his name to promote their winery without his permission!

While it was reported that the Salahis were auctioning off their winery yesterday, it turns out that auction is actually for their Oasis Vineyards company and not for their actual winery — the Oasis Winery. In fact, the gruesome twosome are planning a reopening on Sept 24 for the Oasis Winery.

And this is where Montel comes in. The Salahis listed Montel as one of their celebrity guests for the reopening party which was news to Montel.

His rep tells TMZ, “Montel doesn’t support the Salahis, doesn’t know them and did not give them permission to use his name.” The event organizers also falsely announced that Montel’s MS Foundation is involved with the event. Wowzers.

A cease and desist letter was fired off to the Salahis yesterday which demanded they stop using Montel’s name and foundation. Both his name and foundation have since been removed from the website.

And in usual Salahi fashion, they are claiming there was no wrong doing on their part, first telling TMZ they were not aware Montel’s name was even on the site.

Fast forward to today and the Salahis are now claiming they are not the ones behind the charitable event, you know, the one being held for the reopening of their Oasis Winery. Michaele claims, “The website Montel Williams is referring to is NOT a Salahi website. We don’t get involved with what customers of our winery do or who they invite.” Right.

Oddly enough, Tareq gave the Rumor Fix blog this statement about the event yesterday: “The Oasis Winery is in fact reopening on Sept 24 and it will be a very exclusive private party for our good friends in Politics to family/friends and long time supporters of the Salahis before & after the White House dinner party.”  But apparently the event is now one of their customers, and not theirs.

Photo credit: HRC/ WENN.com

TELL US – DOES ANYTHING THE SALAHIS DO SURPRISE YOU ANYMORE?

The gig is up for former Real Housewives of DC stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi, well at least when it comes to their winery.

According to a new report by RadarOnline, the couple’s once lucrative Virginia Oasis Winery is now scheduled to be auctioned off due to bankruptcy.

An online Virginia auction calendar has the Salahi’s winery, Oasis Vineyards, listed for auction on September 18 by order of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Assets to be liquidated will include items such as: 60+ Oak Barrels, DeFraneschi Grape Press, Ice Machine, Dish Washer, approximately 5,000 bottles of Sparkling Wine, 100 cases of Cabernet, amongst other items.

And just a month ago, the Salahis were sued for fraud by a woman who claimed she was defrauded out of the money she paid to tour Virginia’s Wine Country.

In the meantime, TMZ reported last week that the Salahis have taken their famewhoring ways to Beverly Hills by moving there. Can they afford to live there? It gets even better as the Salahis reportedly had their manager contact Bravo to see about getting them on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. But fret not, as they were flat out rejected by Bravo! Andy Cohen is said to have replied, “We are not interested.”

Michaele, who might or might not have TMZ on speed dial, also told the site that at age 45, she is now trying to have a baby with husband Tareq.

She revealed the plan is to go with a surrogate because she suffers from “multiple sclerosis.” She apparently feels that her “condition” combined with her age is not safe for a baby. Where’s the Captain Obvious cap when you need it?

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST WITH THE SALAHIS?

In today’s news, the Salahis continue to be awful the Salahis.

According to a new report by RadarOnline, the Real Housewives of DC alums are being sued for alleged wine tour fraud as a woman is claiming she was defrauded out of the money she paid to tour Virginia’s Wine Country.

Emily McCallum, who is filing the suit, is one of the many people who have complained that Tareq and Michelle Salahi have been operating a wine tourism company and failing to deliver. The problem began when Emily, who earned her master’s degree this year, wanted to take a wine tour with her friends and family to celebrate.

“She scheduled it with a company owned by the Salahis and paid in full,” reveals a source close to Emily. “They never showed up and at the last minute, Emily had to get another company. She’s been unable to get her money back from them. I’m really glad she’s taking them to court.”

Radar confirms that Tareq is also listed as a director for the wine tour company. The case is scheduled to be heard today at the Loudoun County (VA) General District Court. We will update this post with any new developments.

TELL US – SURPRISED THE SALAHIS ARE STILL UP TO THEIR OLD TRICKS?

UPDATE – The case against the Salahis has been continued until August 3 at Loudoun County (VA) General District Court because their lawyer David Silek is reportedly no longer representing them.


Apologizes in advance as we bring you today’s news that’s guaranteed to induce vomiting.

According to TMZ, Tareq Salahi, star of the now canceled the Real Housewives of DC, is planning to take it all off for Playgirl magazine.

TMZ adds that while nothing has been signed yet, both Tareq and Playgirl are very interested in making a deal. Tareq is however adamant about not going full-frontal.

Sources from both camps reveal it’s practically a done deal as Tareq has already sent in some test shots, two of which are below for those with very strong stomachs.

The plan is for a polo-themed picture shoot to feature Tareq riding into the sunset on a horse while completely naked. And months ago, Tareq’s wife Michaele Salahi was also reported to have been in talks with Playboy for a full-frontal nude shoot but thankfully that never came to light.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TAREQ POSING NUDE FOR PLAYGIRL & HIS TEST SHOTS?

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that actress and Skating With The Stars alum Sean Young has joined the latest cast of Celebrity Rehab.

Sean will be replacing Real Housewives of DC star Michaele Salahi, 45, who got kicked off the show for not having an addiction. Michaele’s husband Tareq Salahi has admitted his wife has no substance abuse issues but claims she needed treatment to deal with the stress of managing her multiple sclerosis which she claims to have had for over 20 years. Which makes us wonder, if she’s had the MS for 20+ years, why would she need Celebrity Rehab with dealing with it now?

As suspected, the MS story seems to be a crock with a source telling RadarOnline this week that Dr. Drew Pinsky ran a number of extensive neurological tests, which all came out negative for MS or any other neurological issues.

There was also a rumor floating around this week that professional famewhore Heidi Montag would be joining the show, but that report is false.

And finally, the ABC network will be airing a 20/20 special tonight titled “The Phenomenon of Reality Television.” The special promises an in depth look at reality stars who are famous for being famous including the Bravo Housewives, while also examining those who are cashing in.

Numerous reality stars are being interviewed for the special, most notably The Salahis, Bethenny Frankel and even Kyle Richards.

The special will examine why things often turn so nasty on the Bravo Housewives series. Part of the press release states “20/20 talks to Kyle Richards of the Beverley Hills show about the ugly showdown with her sister Kim, and to Michaele and Tareq Salahis (best known for gate crashing the White House), who say why they believe the other DC Housewives turned against them.”

As for Bethenny, her segment will be more on the cashing in part. She tells “20/20″ that being the focus her own show, “Bethenny Ever After,” has both its rewards and challenges. “Do I speak inappropriately? Absolutely. Is it at my own expense and no one else’s? Absolutely. I don’t need to rip anybody else. I rip myself more than anyone else,” reveals Bethenny.

The special airs at 10/9c. Feel free to discuss the latest news plus the 20/20 special below!

Sad news to report today as TMZ confirms rocker and Celebrity Rehab alum Mike Starr has passed away.

Cops reveal to TMZ that Mike, former Alice in Chains bassist, was found dead in a Salt Lake City home in Utah on Tuesday afternoon.

While there are no reports on Mike’s cause of death at the moment, he was arrested last month for felony possession of a controlled substance. The cops stated he had 6 Xanax pills and 6 Opana (painkiller) pills when he was arrested.

Mike appeared on the third season of Celebrity Rehab back in 2009. He was 44 years old. RIP Mike.

In other Celeb Rehab news, TMZ is also confirming that Real Housewives of DC star Michaele Salahi has been kicked off the show.

The reason? Michaele had “no addiction.” Sources tell TMZ she had “no reason to be there.” In fact Michaele’s husband Tareq Salahi told TMZ over the weekend that Michaele’s only addiction was “probably to chocolate.”

Oh, but it gets even better. Sources tell RadarOnline that Dr. Drew Pinsky tested Michaele for multiple sclerosis, something she claimed to have, and she tested negative, just as many had suspected.

“Dr. Drew did a thorough medical examination of her, including a full neurological check-up, and she is fine. Michaele is all drama, that is her main issue,” said a source to Radar.

Meanwhile, there is now some drama involving Famewhore Jr. Tareq and Famewhore Sr. Michael Lohan. Evidently, Michael, who is also on Celebrity Rehab, was renting out his LA apartment to Tareq for 3 weeks at a rate of $2,500. However, when Tareq failed to pay the money promptly, Michael left the Pasadena Recovery Center, with cameras in tow, to confront Tareq at the apartment. Michael has reportedly evicted Tareq.

TMZ is also reporting that Michael is planning to bring the Celebrity Rehab cameras along for his daughter Lindsay Lohan’s next court date, which is apparently making Lindsay and the rest of the family furious. Lindsay is now trying to prevent the cameras from the courtroom.

UPDATE #1 – VH1 has released this official statement explaining why Michaele was sent packing.

“The treatment program that Celebrity Rehab documents is intended for individuals with serious substance abuse and addiction issues. Prior to the taping of the current season, producers were advised that Michaele Salahi met the criteria to be treated in this setting. However, professional assessments spanning from that time to the present, found that she did not meet such criteria. As a result, she is no longer participating in the program.”

UPDATE #2Tareq Salahi is now telling TMZ he might be suing Celebrity Rehab for illegally firing his wife because of her “health condition.”  Tareq and his lawyers issued a statement saying, “[Michaele] was fired due to her health condition which is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.”  As reported above, tests performed on Michaele showed zero medical conditions including no signs of MS.


They simply refuse to disappear.

Weeks after they reportedly crashed a Suberbowl suite at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, TMZ is now reporting that the gruesome twosome known as Tareq and Michaele Salahi have signed up for Celebrity Rehab.

Yes, sources connected to the show confirm to TMZ that the Salahis, stars of the Real Housewives of DC, alongside some others have signed on for Celebrity Rehab season 5.

Other “celebs” joining the Salahis? Michael Lohan – daddy to troubled actress Lindsay Lohan, Bai Ling – Z list actress, Jeremy Jackson – former Baywatch actor, and Dwight “Doc” Gooden – former pitcher for the NY Mets.

A new report by TMZ also reveals that Lindsay Lohan is livid that her embarrassment of a father has signed up to do the show.

Lindsay was reportedly “shocked and upset” to hear the news, telling friends she’s worried he’ll embarrass the family. Sources add that Lindsay is most upset that her dad, Michael, began taping the show without giving her a heads up. She is also adamant she will NEVER make an appearance on the show.

As for the Salahis, no word yet on their supposed addiction. Michaele did reveal a while back that she had multiple sclerosis, so feel free to try to determine which drug or alcohol goes best with the BS MS.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE SALAHIS DOING CELEBRITY REHAB? DO YOU CALL BS?

UPDATE: VH1 has confirmed the cast today and Tareq will not be a part of the show though Michaele will be. Below is part of the official press release -

“This season will follow Michael Lohan (celebrity dad), Michaele Salahi (The Real Housewives of DC), Amy Fisher (“Long Island Lolita”), Bai Ling (The Crow) and Jeremy Jackson (Baywatch) on their quest for sobriety. Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew is slated to premiere early summer on VH1.”

While Michaele is the one actually doing the rehab, it is safe to assume Tareq will crash the show at some point during the season to help support his wife‘s fame addiction.

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