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Gatecrasher says he was invited

A lawyer for the alleged “third crasher” says his client went to the White House state dinner after receiving an invitation in the mail and stayed for the dinner, contrary to official claims.

world Updated: Jan 07, 2010 01:27 IST

A lawyer for the alleged “third crasher” says his client went to the White House state dinner after receiving an invitation in the mail and stayed for the dinner, contrary to official claims.

Scott Bolden, a veteran Washington defence attorney with the firm Reed Smith, did not provide details about how Carlos Allen came to attend nor did he provide evidence of an invitation.

The Secret Service is investigating because Allen was not on the official guest list.

Allen, 39, is publisher of a online society magazine whose party house has drawn complaints from his neighbours.

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