Tareq and Michaele Salahi made headlines in 2009 when the pair famously showed up at a White House state dinner uninvited. Now Tareq is facing down an uninvited guest of his own: Journey guitarist Neal Schon. Wife Michaele is rumored to have run off with the musician shortly before Tareq filed for divorce in one of the wildest breakups family attorneys in Pasadena have seen this year.
Leave it to the Salahis to have their marriage fizzle out as dramatically as their bizarre rise to fame. The wackiness started last Tuesday when Tareq reported his wife missing. The former vinter and public official took to Twitter to alert the public of his wife's disappearance. Tareq said that he was afraid Michaele had been kidnapped. Within hours of the Twitter panic, Michaele had been found... safe in the arms of Schon.
Upon news of the affair, Tareq fired back with divorce papers.
"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 stated in court documents filed Friday in Warren County, Va.
He also claims that Michaele's behavior has caused their Doberman Pinscher to be seriously depressed. Michaele has retaliated by banning Tareq from hanging out backstage at any Journey concerts. Schon's wife of two months, Ava Fabian, isn't thrilled about the hookup, either.
"This is very painful for me. I'm very hurt," the former Playboy model told TMZ.com.
The pair, who have been married for eight years, had to temporarily bury the hatchet on Sunday when they held an auction of their goods at their defunct Oasis Vineyards. The couple filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. The Salahis have no children and were featured on the now-cancelled "Real Housewives of D.C."