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Salahis set record straight -- again -- on HBO

(This blog entry has been updated with additional information.)

Add HBO to the list of networks getting in on the Salahi act.

Clever HBO found a way to dive into the pool, putting Michaele and Tareq into the latest edition of the series "Real Sports," on the pretext that the show was covering the Salahis' America's Polo Cup because polo is, you know, a sport.

"Real Sports" correspondent Bernard Goldberg kicks things off (according to a disc of the show sent to the press in advance of the telecast) by letting us know that the polo match, especially in a tanking economy, provides "time for rich folks to have some well deserved, much-needed fun."

Except, he notes, there are a few "teensy-weensy problems with this supposed charitable event of international importance between India and the United States -- the Indian Embassy says India has absolutely nothing to do with it."

Right on cue, Here Come the Salahis!

Goldberg introduces the pair as "America's best known party crashers, even though they insist they were invited to that state dinner at the White House," and explains that they're behind this polo match that is supposedly the reason they're on this HBO show about sports.

To drive home his point, Goldberg spits out a few polo facts. Then he gets on with the juicy bits:
"Forgive me, but there have been lots of allegations that you don't pay your bills," Goldberg says apologetically to the Salahis, looking chagrined, like he'd just used the wrong fork at one of their formal dinner parties.

"Real Sports" reports that the America's Polo Cup is under investigation by the state of Virginia for possible fraud and was "bare bones" this year; six of what "Real Sports" said were the match's 20 vendors said in interviews that the Salahis owe them money -- one claimed the couple owes him $25,000.

"We're misjudged -- and people have been misinformed," Tareq explains to Goldberg.

"It's only up until recently that we are beginning to set the record straight," Tareq adds.

Here is Tareq setting the record straight, on pay-cable TV:

"Do we owe people money? Sure. Why do we owe people some money? Because we have sponsors, or people that have either bounced checks to us, or contracts that they haven't paid their bill."

"It's a trickle-down effect," he concludes.

During the segment, Goldberg grills the Salahis on whom they owe and for what, including, he said, a PR firm, an audio company, and a limo driver.

The Salahis (Tareq does most of the talking) have an explanation for everything, the most popular being "[Insert Vendor Here] didn't perform."

Goldberg becomes particularly animated about an entertainment company that provided an Uncle Sam on stilts, as well as mimes, for the polo event.

"Uncle Sam didn't get paid for two days work,"Goldberg tells Tareq the company has claimed.

"That's a new one to me," Tareq says.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 18, 2010; 12:22 AM ET
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Damn, you've got to love Tareq's characterization of the "trickle-down effect" as a BS excuse for stiffing so many for so long.

It's not a matter of people not paying them. It appears from just a cursory review of the public records it's instead a matter of them using any $$ they can get their hands on to support their delusional lifestyles.

Fact: They didn't pay their lawn mowing guy, they didn't pay their appliance repairman, they didn't pay their homeowner association dues for their tract house in Front Royal, they haven't paid their employees, and they have continually stiffed any number of vendors for their BS "America's Polo Cup", dating back to the first one in Leesburg in 2007.

2007 they didn't pay their caterer. 2008 they even stiffed a local citizens group out of their fee for parking cars. 2009 in Maryland they bounced a 5 FIGURE check written off of their purported "charity" to the Montgomery County government for their booze.

Here's a news flash for the Salahis: You don't write a check without sufficient funds to cover the same, regardless of your purported "trickle-down" theory.

Give me a break.

In my opinion, these people have more than demonstrated they are pathalogical liars and consummate grifters.

And here's a thought, if they actually admit they owe a lot of people/businesses a lot of $$, why is she featured in USA Today buying designer shoes and dresses and riding around in a limousine, and both of them dining on haute cuisine in Georgetown restaurants? Couldn't at least some of that go to pay their many creditors?

Oh sorry, I suppose God forbid that might interfere with their totally delusional lifestyle.

Just my opinions.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | August 17, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

LAWPOOL...such a hater ;)

Seriously, all of your points make sense and seem to be easily provable, so I ask why they are not in jail for check kiting and fraud? How is it that they are allowed to continually flaunt their so-called 'status'? Can it be that their victims feel that the effort and cost required to chase down these serial liars is not worth it? If so, then the Salahi's could run around like this for 20+ years.

Is it possible to compile a RICO case against them? I was out of work for 6 months last year and managed to keep all of our bills paid, but missed one from a doctor for $75 and nearly got hauled into court. I guess that is what happens when you are one of "the littles" (thanks to Mr. Tony).

Posted by: Ebola_22039 | August 18, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

So sick of hearing about these a-holes!

Posted by: UnknownHenson | August 18, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

This is why ESPN's E:60 is pwning Real Sports these days.

Posted by: bs2004 | August 18, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Proof that sleaze sells. These people belong in jail. PT Barnum was right!

Posted by: KBlit | August 18, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm hoping for double suicide.

Posted by: kenk3 | August 18, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for your comment. Actually, you are not the first one to pose the question of a possible RICO case here.
See, click on the "Discussions" tab, and you will see an entry for "RICO Case?" posted two months ago.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | August 18, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

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