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Tareq Salahi, the husband of White House gate crasher and former “Real Housewives of D.C.” cast member Michaele Salahi, is relieved that she’s safe but devastated that she’s apparently left him for another man.
“Yesterday,” for Tareq Salahi, stretched back to Tuesday, beginning with statements to local law enforcement officials alleging a kidnapping plot involving his wife, and ending with confirmation that Michaele Salahi, 45, was indeed safe, but safe in the arms of another man, Neil Schon, 57, guitarist for the ’80s rock band “Journey.”
Despite the fact that his wife was never kidnapped, Tareq Salahi won’t face criminal charges for filing false statements regarding her short-lived disappearance, his lawyer said.
“I met with the FBI yesterday, they concluded the case,” Silek confirmed today on “GMA,” stressing his client would “absolutely” not face charges.
“It was amazing to watch how fast the federal government could find someone in this country and put hands on them, eyes on them and confirm their whereabouts and safety,” he said.
Tareq Salahi became concerned after Michaele failed to show up for an 11a.m. hair appointment on Tuesday. He launched a very public appeal for help, contacting the celebrity news site TMZ.com on Tuesday morning and posting claims on Facebook and Twitter posts that he believed his wife “may have been kidnapped or abducted” and was “being held under duress and forced to tell persons, including authorities she is okay.”
A mysterious call from Michaele late Tuesday from an Oregon area code in which she sounded as if “she wasn’t being herself,” according to Tareq, prompted him to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI at 11:55 p.m. to file a missing person’s report.
“Tareq and Michaele are always late for everything,” Silek said on “GMA.” “So when she hadn’t shown up within a couple of hours, Tareq did get concerned and thus the call to Warren County law enforcement.”
Just minutes later, the alleged kidnapping case was closed.
“Deputy Mike Glavis subsequently spoke with Mrs. Salahi by telephone a few moments later,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
“Deputy Glavis was able to identify Mrs. Salahi by having previous conversations with her in the past. She seemed calm, was engaged in conversation, and 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. 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 “good friend” turned out be “Journey” guitarist Schon, who was with Michaele in Memphis, Schon’s spokesperson confirmed to ABC News Radio Wednesday.
And with that, a new “journey” for the spotlight-seeking couple began.
Best known as the longtime guitarist for pop-rock band Journey, Schon, previously married and the father of four children, has also played with Santana, Sammy Hagar and other rock greats during his career, ABC News Radio reports.
The couple, who grabbed national headlines in November 2009, when they crashed their way into President Barack Obama’s first state dinner, tweeted a photo of themselves backstage with ”Journey” band members, including Schon, just last week.
A video posted yesterday on the website TMZ showed Michaele Salahi partying with Schon in 2010.
According to the website, Michaele has enjoyed an ‘intimate and passionate relationship’ with Schon in the past, and went to his show in Nashville on Tuesday before continuing on with him to Memphis for his U.S. tour.
“She told me, in effect, that he was one of the loves of her life,” author Diane Dimond, who wrote a book, “Cirque du Salahi,” about the couple, told “GMA” of Michaele’s feelings towards the rocker “She seemed to agonize about the decision she had made, ‘should I go be with Neal the rest of my life, or should I go be with Tareq?’”
The attorney for Tareq Salahi, however, called talks of divorce “premature,” and said his client is just trying to figure out where to go from here.
“He’s so devastated there’s not a goal other than trying to figure out what is going on at this time,” Selik said on “GMA.” “If there’s an opportunity for reconciliation, that’s something they can and ought to explore.”
The latest drama surrounding the Salahis comes four days before the financially couple’s failed Oasis Vineyards winery is slated to be sold in a bankruptcy auction.
It also comes as the couple continues to face online threats against their safety, Tareq’s attorney revealed today on “GMA.”
“They were all about online threats that Tareq and Michaele had been receiving through Facebook,” Silek said, referring to reports of numerous calls placed by Michaele to local law enforcement over the past year. ”There’s an ongoing criminal investigation currently with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department regarding threats they’ve received online.”
“Not one of them involved a domestic issue whatsoever,” Silek said of Michaele’s calls to police.
Dimond, who spent extensive time with the couple, says there were, however, obvious cracks in the relationship.
“She told me that she had had enough,” Diamond told “GMA.” “She was going to leave.”