FRONT ROYAL, Va. — Celebrity White House gate crasher husband Tareq Salahi is glad his wife, Michaele, is OK but heartbroken that she’s left home to be with another man, reported to be lead guitarist for the rock band Journey, the couple’s attorney said Thursday.
Tareq Salahi had reported his wife missing Tuesday night, telling authorities in Virginia he feared she had been kidnapped. Authorities, however, said ex-reality TV personality Michaele Salahi told them she was fine and didn’t want to return home. Then celebrity website TMZ reported that a representative for Journey said she was safe and with guitarist Neal Schon.
“Tareq is devastated but he is relieved to know that Michaele is safe,” Salahi attorney David Silek told ABC’s “Good Morning America. “That was his first concern.”
Silek said it’s premature to say if the couple would get a divorce.
“He’s so devastated there’s not a goal other than trying to figure out what is going on at this time,” Silek said of Tareq. “If there’s an opportunity for reconciliation, that’s something they can and ought to explore.”
Calls to Silek and to Journey’s agent were not immediately returned. An Associated Press call to a number for Tareq prompted a recorded message that the line could not accept additional calls.
Diane Diamond, who wrote the book “Cirque du Salahi” about the couple, told the morning show that Michaele had been frustrated with her husband and that she had a previous relationship with Schon.
“She told me, in effect, that he was one of the loves of her life,” Diamond told the show.
Rapper T.I. back at Atlanta halfway house
The Grammy-winning artist T.I. was back at a halfway house in Atlanta on Thursday after weeks of fighting with federal prison officials who were upset he traveled with a TV producer and a manager when he was released from an Arkansas prison, his attorney said.
T.I. was initially released from the Arkansas prison and sent to the halfway house on Aug. 31, a month before his sentence for probation violation was up. But a day later he was back in federal custody after corrections authorities accused him of violating prison rules by discussing business deals with the two during his 375-mile journey to Atlanta.
Attorney Steve Sadow argued that the rapper didn’t break any rules because a VH1 reality show and book deal that was announced within hours of his release had actually been finalized months earlier.
Sadow said Thursday that his client didn’t intend to violate any guidelines and that he was pleased with the outcome. The Bureau of Prisons did not comment on the move.
Sean Penn’s group receives grant to house Haitians
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The Haiti aid group run by Hollywood actor Sean Penn says it has received a $2.25 million grant to help more than 500 people displaced by last year’s earthquake move back home.
Benjamin Krause from Penn’s relief group J/P HRO says the money from the World Bank will be used for rent subsidies, repairs to houses and building new homes and solar-powered water kiosks.
The project is part of a $95 million effort financed by the World Bank and Haiti Reconstruction Fund that is aimed at helping more than 500,000 people move back into redeveloped neighborhoods.
Penn co-founded the relief group shortly after the January 2010 earthquake and has overseen maintenance of a large settlement camp on a golf course. He’s also testified in Washington.