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VIDEO: 'Gatecrasher' Tareq Salahi Defends Wife's Figure On Real Housewives Of D.C.

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Aug. 20 2010, Published 9:25 a.m. ET

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Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the so-called White House Gatecrashers, were again the center of attention on Thursday night's episode of Bravo’s Real Housewives of D.C., as Tareq bragged about his wife's hearty eating habits after a week in which Michaele's super-skinny frame was a hot topic on the tabloid rumor mill.

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Michaele has been trading barbs with fellow housewife Lynda Erkiletian, who has publicly made stinging comments about how emaciated the blonde  'Gatecrasher'  appears to be. Thursday's episode climaxed with a group dinner in which Tareq started giving his castmates the skinny -- no pun intended -- on Michaele's lithe frame.

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"Listen, this is a true story: She gained at least 20 pounds -- in beautiful places -- after we met," Tareq said. "Some people make fun of her not eating ... but she has gained weight ever since she married Mr. Salahi here.

"She'll eat a whole filet mignon, a whole chicken breast," Tareq said. "That's more than I eat!"

Erkiletian was not swayed by Tareq's boastful claims, as she said in a later on-camera interview "he cannot possibly think his wife's body looks healthy.”

Erkiletian blamed Tareq for Michaele's weight issues, as she said "no wonder she's so skinny -- she's living with Tareq," before suggesting Michaele should "get rid of" him.

Michaele, earlier this week, wrote on her Web site that Erkiletian “takes pleasure in tearing down other women, which I think is wrong.”

The Real Housewives of D.C. airs on Bravo Thursdays at 9/8c.

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