Tareq and Michaele Salahi: White House Party Crashers to Divorce

First, a reality TV program and now a very public split.

ByABC News
September 17, 2011, 9:27 AM

Sept. 17, 2011— -- They may have slipped past the Secret Service at a 2009 state dinner, but Tareq and Michaele Salahi have not gone quietly.

First, a reality TV program, then White House party crashers and now a very public split after eight years of marriage.

Much like their life together, the apparent breakup of Tareq and Michaele Salahi is playing out in front of the cameras.

Tareq Salahi filed for divorce Friday in Warren County, Va.

"She continually exposes our friends and acquaintances to her adulterous relationship and has flaunted the same throughout the community, the nation and indeed the world, and thus caused ... me to suffer great harm, humiliation and embarrassment," Tareq Salahi said of his wife in court documents.

Just last week, the couple tweeted a photo of themselves backstage with the band Journey and guitarist Neal Schon.

It all started Tuesday with a desperate tweet, when Tareq Salahi claimed his wife had been kidnapped.

"I'm scared to death for her i hope she's not trapped in a place where someone is holding her," he tweeted.

He said his wife was going to get her hair done Tuesday morning but never showed up at the salon.

He said she then called late Tuesday night from an Oregon cell phone number.

"She wasn't being herself as if somebody was standing over her, as if somebody was right there so something was wrong, I could tell," he said.

Then came word that she was not kidnapped but in Memphis, Tenn., with Schon.

"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," the statement said.

"Mrs. Salahi advised that she did not want Mr. Salahi to know where she was," it said. "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."

Tareq Salahi's lawyer said he is not expected to face criminal charges his statements in connection to his wife's short disappearance.

"She told me, in effect, that he was one of the loves of her life," author Diane Dimond, who wrote the book "Cirque du Salahi" about the couple, told "GMA" of Michaele Salahi's feelings towards Schon. "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?'"

Security on the Journey tour has been ordered to keep Tareq Salahi out of the backstage area, according to TMZ.

The divorce filing comes as the couple's winery is being auctioned off in a bankruptcy sale.

According to court documents, the couple had a prenuptial agreement, though the terms were not specified.

ABC News' Katie Kindelan contributed to this report.