Gatecrashers Named In 16 Lawsuits
Salahis engaged in numerous court battles
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2009 3:12 AM CST
Tareq and Michaele Salahi with Vice-President Biden at Tuesday's state dinner.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – White House gatecrashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi appear to spend a lot of their time in court when they're not trying out for reality TV or sneaking into diplomatic functions. The two are named in no less than 16 civil lawsuits in Virginia's Fauquier County, sometimes as plaintiffs and sometimes as defendants, a CNN trawl through the records finds.

Several lawsuits are against Oasis Wineries, a now-bankrupt business owned and operated by the couple. One plaintiff sued after the couple charged his credit card triple the agreed rate when providing vendors for his weddings. "I have a judgment against them," he said. "The settlement was for $15,000, plus interest. They haven't paid a penny."