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Salahis host at Las Vegas nightclub Pure, and yes, it was weird

The Salahis in happier times... at a Wolf Trap gala last September. (Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post)

As Tareq and Michaele Salahi prepared to cash in on their infamy for the first time Saturday, as paid VIP "hosts" at Las Vegas's Pure nightclub, the big question was: Who exactly was going to come out to see them?

It turned out to be an odd mix of friends (lending their support), detractors (booing their speeches), and reporters (of course), reports our colleague Nancy Trejos. But also a lot of clubgoers out for a regular Saturday night, with no idea -- nor much interest -- they were in the presence of the White House gatecrashers.

No matter: The Northern Virginia socialites held court like bona fide celebrities. Arriving shortly after midnight -- he in a white suit, she in a short black dress -- they posed for photos and shook hands with partygoers in the VIP lounge of the Caesar Palace nightspot.

They smiled confidently even as some clubgoers booed when Tareq took the microphone.

"Michaele and I have waived our fee to be here tonight, and we would love for you to support all the victims of Haiti," he said. "Let's shout for the people of Haiti and the victims. Let's shout for their support." Some of the boos turned to shouts.

Then he handed his wife the microphone. "We love you!" she said. And then the DJ hit the button on the Black Eyed Peas party anthem "I Gotta Feeling."

Did he mean "donate" their fee (reportedly $5,000) instead of "waive"? If so, to whom? A club rep told Trejos he had no idea. The Salahis are scheduled to appear Wednesday before a congressional committee investigating the White House breach. They've already announced they'll plead the Fifth.

By The Reliable Source  |  January 17, 2010; 4:17 PM ET
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"Michaele and I have waived our fee to be here tonight, and we would love for you to support all the victims of Haiti," he said. "

We would love for you to support all the victims of Haiti? We would love for you?

"Let's shout for the people of Haiti and the victims. Let's shout for their support."

We're doing shows in Vegas and doing shout-outs to show support? My god, what am I missing? People are coming to Vegas to gamble, to see shows, to have an experience, and we have B or C level "celebrities" calling for shout outs for the victims of an earthquake? What? Then followed by some "and after the shout-out, LET'S ROCK AND ROLL!!!"

And next will be "And it's one, two three, what are we shouting for..."
A big cheer for all the victims of rape, a ooh-rah for those who survived the holucost, a loud "hang in there" to acid victims.

My god, how we've come down in what we take as celebrities and entertainment.

Posted by: Dungarees | January 17, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

They waived their fee because it would go to the 30+ people that have law suits against them.

Posted by: hannah06 | January 17, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

He probably meant "waved" their fee, not "waived" They are lots better at waving than at waiving.

Posted by: moogielala | January 18, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

According to Politico [01/16]:

"Though the Salahis were reportedly paid $5,000 for their appearance, they said they are not taking the money. Tareq said his charity, America's Polo Cup, has a partnership with Caesars Palace, which is home to Pure. 'They promised to do some good,' Tareq said, without detailing who or what the money would benefit."

One might conclude they personally are not taking the money directly for a variety of reasons:

1. An "appearance fee" from a 3rd party might be a breach of their contract with Bravo.

2. America's Polo Cup, Inc. [APC] is not the Salahis' "charity". The Charity is Journey for the Cure Foundation. APC is a private for-profit subchapter S Virginia corporation created and wholly-owned by the Salahis. It sometimes can be easier to funnel $$ through a corporation to avoid individual creditors and write off so-called "expenses" against what otherwise would be attachable personal income.

This may explain why Caesers & Pure suddenly appeared as "Official Sponsors" on the APC website a week or two ago. [Keep in mind that "sponsors" of APC have paid $50K or more in the past for that "privilege".]

A final observation: Note Mr. Salahi stated he and his wife had "waived" their fee and in the same breath encouraged those in attendance to contribute to Haitain relief efforts-- NOT that they had instructed their fee be donated to such a cause.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any slimier . . . . .

Posted by: LAWPOOL | January 18, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

It is interesting to note that with all the negative publicity, many times without substance and also unfair, Salahis are kicking and going around as usual. Dick Cheney would attract more boos and hisses than Salahis. Unless the media gets White House Social Secretary to answer questions publicly they are justified in taking the 5th.

Posted by: acpress | January 18, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

This is so strange, according to Michaele Salahi's Facebook page she does not have any upcoming events. When they do not show up before Congress, is Tareq going to claim that he is snowed in at Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas? CLICK the events tab url and you will see all that is listed are the two scam events. Michaele has an email addy and a url that is a fake listed, so it must be true what Tareq said, that they are practiced con artists who bamboozled the Secret Service. At least that's what I think he said.

Posted by: Loviedarling | January 18, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I love the Salahis they are America's #1 White Trash Grifter Couple.There are plenty of people out there that would have loved to collect their "Appearance Fee".It's a very long line. I can't wait for their "Appearance before Congress". I hope all the people they ripped off show up and heckle them when they plead the fifth. HAR DEE HAR HAR HAR. It will be a WHITE TRASH-O-GANZA.

Posted by: fitley | January 18, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

We have Paris Hilton, the Kadashians, and now these two. Just who at Caesars Palace think these two are worth an apperance fee? Maybe congress can pay them an apperance fee to showup.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | January 18, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone pay a fee to see people who crashed a party? Is this a skill?

Posted by: postfan1 | January 21, 2010 4:07 AM | Report abuse

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