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Third gatecrasher 'just another celebrity hunter'

The third gatecrasher, who sneaked into President Barack Obama's first state dinner for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in White House, is just another celebrity hunter like the Salahis, a media report said.

world Updated: Jan 05, 2010 17:03 IST

The third gatecrasher, who sneaked into President Barack Obama's first state dinner for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in White House, is just another celebrity hunter like the Salahis, a media report said.

The US Secret Service yesterday said that besides the attention-hungry Virginia couple - Tareq and Michaele Salahi - a third gatecrasher got into White House in November, without an invitation, by boarding the bus of the Indian delegation.

Though the agency has not yet released the name of this "uninvited" member, the 'Washington Post' has identified him as 39-year-old US national Carlos Allen, a party promoter, quoting an unnamed Congressional source as saying.

"On his website, Allen promotes his event space as the 'HushGalleria Mansion'. Like the Salahis, he has a knack for getting himself into photos with famous people: Gen David Petraeus at one black-tie gala last fall, rapper Drake and actor Jeremy Piven at other events featured on Facebook," the leading US newspaper said.

An acquaintance of Allen's told the newspaper that that she spotted his photos, purportedly at the state dinner, on his Facebook page in the hours after the dinner, but that the snaps later disappeared after the Salahi row broke out.

Even the newspaper source saw Allen's name in official e-mails and documents pertaining to the Secret Service probe. However, the Post said Allen didn't respond to its repeated e-mails and phone messages.