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Pictures confirm third gate crasher attended State Dinner

Pictures posted on social networking sites, showing Carlos Allen with other guests, have confirmed that the third gatecrasher attended the White House State Dinner hosted by US President Barack Obama for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in November last.

world Updated: Jan 09, 2010 19:35 IST

Pictures posted on social networking sites, showing Carlos Allen with other guests, have confirmed that the third gatecrasher attended the White House State Dinner hosted by US President Barack Obama for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in November last.

Allen is alleged to be the third gatecrasher for the State Dinner after the Salahis couple who attended the event uninvited. Allen's lawyer, however, asserts that they had an invitation.

The Politico reported that a series of pictures posted online confirm that Allen had attended the White House State Dinner on November 24 last year.

"In the pictures, Allen is seated at a table with several guests: ABC's Robin Roberts, US Ambassador to Belize Vinai Thummalapally and his wife Barbara, State Bank of India CEO Om Prakash Bhatt and Eboo Patel of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships," it said.

It said that an ABC spokesperson told Politico Roberts chatted with Allen at the table and assumed — like everyone else — that he was an invited guest.

"After video became available on Wednesday, she recognised that the alleged party crasher was the same person who sat at her table," it said.

Politico said it discovered the pictures Wednesday on Picasa, Google's picture-hosting site, within an album apparently posted by Barbara Thummalapally.