By Adam Markovitz
Updated August 05, 2010 at 02:33 PM EDT

Whoopi Goldberg has been accused of hitting Michaele Salahi, the Real Housewives of DC cast member who made headlines last year for allegedly showing up uninvited to an event at the White House, according to ABC. (A lawyer for the Salahis told The Hollywood Reporter this morning that the couple “may not be referred to as ‘party crashers’ as that statement is false and defamatory.”)

In a statement issued by ABC, the network says that the Salahis claim Goldberg hit Michaele during her appearance on The View on Wednesday to promote The Real Housewives of DC. Check out the full press release and the clip of the actual show below:

“At one point during Michaele Salahi’s appearance on The View on Wednesday, Whoopi Goldberg lightly touched Ms. Salahi to get her attention and said to her, ‘Excuse me, can you get back to the White House, please,’ meaning could Ms. Salahi return to the original subject of the conversation. After the show, Ms. Salahi and her husband accused Whoopi of hitting Ms. Salahi. As the broadcast clearly shows, the accusation was completely unfounded and erroneous. After the show and after being told she was being accused of hitting Ms. Salahi, Whoopi proceeded to defend herself verbally from this baseless claim in a heated exchange with the Salahis.”

“Ms. Salahi claims she never said that Whoopi hit her,” the ABC press release continues.

A rep for ABC says the issue will be discussed on The View today (What? The View? Courting controversy? Never!), so I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned to see what happens…

Read more:

Whoopi says she used ‘choice words’ backstage but ‘didn’t hit’ Michaele Salahi

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