'Real Housewife' is no crasher

Attorney slams media after reality star goes on 'The View'

Don't call them "party crashers" anymore!

That was the clear message from Lisa Bloom, an attorney who now represents "Real Housewives of D.C.'s" Michaele and Tareq Salahi.

The two "may not be referred to as "party crashers" as that statement is false and defamatory," the statement in the early Thursday morning hours said.

Its release came after Michaele appeared on "The View" Wednesday and left in tears before accusing co-host Whoopi Goldberg of verbal abuse.

"False and defamatory allegations have swirled around the Salahis since November 2009, when they were accused by the media of being "White House party crashers", the lawyer said.

She cited the emails from a White House liaison revealed by her clients "to substantiate the fact that they were led to believe that they were invited and welcomed at the state dinner."

The Real Housewives of D.C. production company even applied for and received a permit to film the Salahis in and around White House property on that night, specifying in the permit application the truth as to who was being filmed, and for what purpose.

Bloom also said it was "false and defamatory" for media and others to say that Michaele Salahi was "auditioning" for the "Real Housewives" show the night of the White House dinner and that the appearance there was a "reality show stunt."

Said the attorney: "She was cast and had a signed contract months earlier, and was already a part of the show."
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