In a messy divorce that includes four lawsuits, White Hosue party crasher Tareq Salahi lost one. A $50 million lawsuit against Journey guitarist Neal Schon was tossed out by a Warren County Circuit Court judge in Virginia on the grounds that it was a marital question to be addressed in the divorce proceedings instead of as a business matter.
The lawsuit alleged that the defendants - Neal Schon, DD Entertainment LLC and Nomata, Inc., had schemed to break up the marriage of Tareq and Michaele Salahi and subsequently engaged in "outrageous, intolerable conduct" to further their business interests.
The charges refer to the fact that Michaele Salahi left her home and husband last year in September and started touring with the band. They are now engaged in a divorce, with lawsuits having been filed by both parties.
In addition, Michaele Salahi has another lawsuit pending in which she charges Tareq Salahi of defaming her character because he called her a vulgar name on television. The Salahis became famous after they managed to enter the White House uninvited for a dinner party in November 2009. Afterwards, Michaele Salahi got a role on television as one of the Real Housewives of D.C. stars. She is now seeking 850,000 in damages in this lawsuit.
There was plenty of evidence put forward to prove that Michaele Salahi running off with Neal Schon had hurt the businesses the Salahis were engaged in as a couple, including entertainment contracts and a winery. The question the judge had to ponder over was whether this should be treated as a business dispute or a family court issue. The documents filed by Tareq Salahi refer to his wife as a "valuable entertainment commodity."
The judge decided the couple's divorce proceedings could debate whether Mrs. Salahi should be treated as a business asset. Tareq Salahi plans to appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court and ask for a jury trial.