Third Gate Crasher Attended Dinner, Says He had Invite, Secret Service Says no He Didn’t
January 6, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Yesterday, Carlos Allen, DC party promoter and alleged White House gate crasher denied attending the state dinner in November. Allen told Politico: “I did not attend the state dinner,” despite evidence to the contrary. Today, Allen admitted through his lawyer that he did indeed attend the state dinner honoring Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and not only hobnobbed with guests at the pre-dinner reception, but he also was seated at dinner. Allen claims that he received an invitation in the mail and that he is cooperating with the Secret Service. However, the Secret Service has described Allen, as an individual “not on the White House guest list.”
Allen’s lawyer, A. Scott Bolden, a defense attorney with the firm Reed Smith, did not release any details but says that his client was not a gate crasher. “As far as he knew he was invited and he was supposed to be there, and no one treated him any differently,” Bolden said. “He clearly vehemently denies being a gate-crasher.”
The infamous fame-hungry gate crashers, Tareq and Michaele Salahi only managed to crash the pre-dinner reception and they slipped out shortly before dinner. But Allen managed to secure a seat at President Obama’s first state diner.
Allen, who runs the online Hush magazine and a Mount Pleasant neighborhood party house apparently knew someone with the Indian delegation housed at the Willard Hotel, where he was screened by the State Department. Although Allen did not have the proper credentials, nor did he undergo prior vetting by the Secret Service, he joined a group of business leaders and diplomats in a State Department van that dropped the group off at an undisclosed White House entrance. Allen was able to bypass additional White House check points that the Salahis somehow managed to pass through.
Allen ironically knew Michaele Salahi, but he denied that he was involved in a plot with the realty TV show wannabe couple to crash the state dinner at the White House. “He didn’t have any communications with them about the dinner. He didn’t see them at the dinner. He attended the event, but the connection ends there, said Allen’s attorney.”
See the Washington Post for more.