White House gatecrasher says Whoppi Goldberg didn’t hit her

August 6th, 2010 - 4:19 pm ICT by ANI  

Whoopi Goldberg New York, Aug 6 (ANI): The White House gate-crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi have backtracked over their earlier claims that Whoopi Goldberg got physical with Michaele Salahi during a taping of ‘The View’.

The allegation led to a backstage battle between the show’s host and the couple.

“I never said the word hit,” the New York Daily News quoted Salahi as saying at a lunch in the W Hotel with her husband, Tareq.

It was a “young employee” of the show who concocted the hitting story and told Goldberg about it, insisted the Salahis.

“Whoopi says, ‘Oh, no, you effin’ said it.’ I started to cry,” said Salahi.

The Salahis said they don’t know the instigator’s name, but said that she did not hold the ladies on ‘The View’ in high regard.

“She said, when I was coming off the show, ‘Those women are b—–s,’” said Salahi, dressed in a skin-tight Betsey Johnson dress.

“I say, ‘It’s okay, I can deal with it.’ She said, ‘Did she hit you?’ I go, ‘No, she grabbed my arm,’” she added.

The Salahis, who became infamous after they reportedly bluffed their way into President Barack Obama’s first state dinner last fall, gave their side of story a day after Michaele and other members of ‘The Real Housewives of D.C.’ appeared on ‘The View’ to plug their show.

On yesterday’s ‘View’, Goldberg aired footage showing she lightly touched Michaele’s arm.

Goldberg was unapologetic about “choice words” she used when confronting the gatecrasher about the hitting claim.

“I told her she knew I didn’t hit her,” said Goldberg. (ANI)

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