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White House "Crashers" Want To Be Reality Stars; Have A Trail Of Lawsuits

Nov. 26 2009, Published 8:07 a.m. ET

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Tareq and Michaela Salahi, the couple who crashed the White House state dinner Tuesday night should meet the Balloon Boy family. They're all aspiring reality TV stars who seem to have a bit of trouble with actual reality.

Although their names were not on the official list managed by the Secret Service, the Salahis apparently had no trouble gaining entrance to the dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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But then again, this pair has a talent for getting around things. They are named, either as defendants or plaintiffs on 16 different lawsuits. One of their businesses is in bankruptcy. Tareq even sued his own mother!

Through competing lawsuits, the couple won control of Oasis Winery from Tareq's mother in 2007 but quickly ran the Virginia establishment into financial ruin.

Oasis filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in February, listing the IRS and American Express among the unpaid creditors. It aso owed $224,000 for "rental of FedEx Redskins Suite and related hospitality services." Among assets they'd acquired with Oasis money but had already been subject to repo were a $150,000 Aston Martin and a $90,000 boat.

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Michaele has been trying to land herself a spot on the upcoming The Real Housewives of D.C., and it turns out the show's cameras were on her the day she crashed the Obamas' big party as part of her audition process.

We're guessing she's not going to make the final cut.



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