Did Whoopi Goldberg assault White House crasher Michaele Salahi on "The View" Wednesday?

In a strange contretemps that only publicity-desperate White House gate-crashers and media savvy TV shows could engage in, "The View" Wednesday night denied that Salahi was physically struck by Goldberg - while advising viewers to tune in Thursday for Goldberg's official and more detailed denial.

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Salahi - on "The View" Wednesday to plug "Real Housewives of D.C.," which debuts Thursday on Bravo - said in a Facebook wall post, "Salahi will address on Thursday Morning LIVE on National TV the outrageous abuse and exchange that took place on the ABC Show the View . . . Standby for details . . . "

ABC responded Wednesday night to the odd encounter with a statement saying: "At one point during Michaele Salahi's appearance on 'The View' on Wednesday, Whoopi lightly touched Ms. Salahi to get her attention [but] as the broadcast clearly shows, the accusation was completely unfounded and erroneous.

"After the show Ms. Salahi and her husband [who did not appear in the interview] accused Whoopi of hitting Ms. Salahi. . . . [A]fter being told [of the accusation], Whoopi proceeded to defend herself verbally from this baseless claim in a heated exchange with the Salahis."

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