Diane Dimond, in this article about Tareq Salahi and his recent girlfriend, Tina Pray, a New York socialite (why would he date someone broke?)
It appears Ms. Dimond, who wrote a book about the Salahi’s “Cirque du Salahi, Be Careful Who You Trust”, last year, has switched her allegiance, as she writes this story about the gatecrashing couple for the Daily Beast:
Things have not been so rosy for faux celebrity Tareq Salahi lately. Ever since his wife, Michaele, left him six months ago for her old flame, Journey guitarist Neal Schon, the 43-year-old Virginia socialite has been struggling to find his own brand.
After the Salahis’ very public separation in September 2011–which Tareq at first tearfully described to a local TV station as a possible kidnapping of his wife, only to realize he’d called TMZ’s attention to his own humiliation–he set out to start a new life. The NBC celebrity talk show Access Hollywood obliged with a makeover. The program helped Salahi trim down, color his hair, and get invisible braces to straighten his teeth. He emerged younger looking and more fit. But the biggest question surrounding the one-time vineyard owner, TV personality from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of D.C., and, most infamously, so-called White House gate-crasher was: what would the perpetually cash-strapped Tareq Salahi do to earn a living?
During his transformation period, Salahi was spotted in New York partying with self-proclaimed Manhattan madam Kristin Davis. The buxom, long-haired blonde claims to have supplied female escorts to high-end clients like former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Then, in early December, Salahi confessed to having a crush on another blonde, Kate Gosselin, of TLC’s reality TV series Kate Plus 8. There were reports that Salahi emailed his pals at Access Hollywood to get an introduction.
What no one knew at the time was that Tareq Salahi was apparently already in a steamy relationship with yet another blonde, a stunning and very wealthy woman from Greenwich, Conn., named Natasha Justina Pray. It’s a relationship, The Daily Beast has learned, that Salahi is now attempting to downplay for fear it will spoil his pending divorce proceeding as well as a $50 million defamation and conspiracy lawsuit against Schon and his estranged wife.
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