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Tareq Salahi ‘Devastated,’ Won’t Face Charges, Attorney Says

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Tareq Salahi, the husband of White House gate crasher and former Real Housewives of DC cast member Michaele Salahi, is relieved that she’s safe but devastated that she’s apparently left him for another man.

“Tareq is devastated but he is relieved to know that Michaele is safe and is okay,” Tareq’s attorney, David Silek, said Thursday on ABC's Good Morning America.  “That was his first concern yesterday.”

For Tareq Salahi, Tuesday began with statements to local law enforcement officials alleging a kidnapping plot involving his wife, and ending with confirmation that Michaele Salahi was indeed safe, but safe in the arms of another man -- Neil Schon, guitarist for the ’80s rock band Journey.

Despite the fact that his wife was never kidnapped, Tareq Salahi won’t face criminal charges for filing false statements regarding her short-lived disappearance, his lawyer said.

“I met with the FBI yesterday, they concluded the case,” Silek confirmed Thursday on GMA, stressing his client would “absolutely” not face charges.

“It was amazing to watch how fast the federal government could find someone in this country and put hands on them, eyes on them and confirm their whereabouts and safety,” he said.

Tareq Salahi became concerned after Michaele failed to show up for a hair appointment.  He launched a very public appeal for help, contacting the celebrity news site on Tuesday morning and posting claims on Facebook and Twitter that he believed his wife “may have been kidnapped or abducted” and was “being held under duress and forced to tell persons, including authorities she is okay.”  

A mysterious call from Michaele late Tuesday from an Oregon area code in which she sounded as if “she wasn’t being herself,” according to Tareq, prompted him to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Department at 11:55 p.m. to declare his wife missing.

Just minutes later, the alleged kidnapping case was closed.

“Deputy Mike Glavis subsequently spoke with Mrs. Salahi by telephone a few moments later,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

“Deputy Glavis was able to identify Mrs. Salahi by having previous conversations with her in the past," the statement read.  "She seemed calm, was engaged in conversation, and assured the deputy that she had left the residence with a good friend and was where she wanted to be.  Mrs. Salahi advised that she did not want Mr. Salahi to know where she was.  Mrs. Salahi advised Deputy Glavis that she was very sorry that the Sheriff’s Office had to be involved, but she did not want to be home right now.”

The “good friend” turned out be Journey guitarist Schon, who was with Michaele in Memphis, Schon’s spokesperson confirmed to ABC News Radio Wednesday.

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