The man accused of being a third White House party crasher told Good Morning America Monday that he received an "actual invitation in the mail" to President Barack Obama's Nov. 24 state dinner, a claim disputed by the White House and Secret Service.
Carlos Allen gave GMA a photo of what appears to be a dinner program from the event, claiming it was an invitation. He later said that the Secret Service took his original invitation.
Allen (pictured here with Gen. David Petraeus at an unrelated event) could not supply an accompanying envelope or a place card with his name written on it, nor could he explain why his name was not among those originally given seating assignments.
He was eventually seated at a table with GMA’s Robin Roberts, but only after asking a White House staffer where he should sit.
Appearing alongside his attorney, Allen offered a rambling account of how he ended up at the Willard Hotel, where he boarded a bus filled with members of the Indian delegation who were attending the dinner.
His story began with two unsuccessful attempts to get into the dinner through the main gates, after which Allen said he went to a nearby hotel “to see if I saw anyone that I knew.” He didn't, so he continued on to The Willard. There, he says, he ran into a large group of people all talking about going to the White House, so he hitched a ride over with them.
Before boarding the bus, Allen claims a Secret Service agent checked him with a metal detecting wand, but never asked for identification.
Allen also commented on video that appears to show him nervously looking over his shoulder as he enters the White House. He said he wasn't nervous at all, and that he only looked back in order to tell fellow guests, "Yo, it's time to go party!"
Allen is the third person alleged to have attended the event without an invitation; the first two, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, may face criminal charges related to the incident. Allen said he has been interviewed by the Secret Service twice since the dinner, but has not been subpoenaed.
Should he find himself under oath, Allen's lawyer gave a brief preview of what could be his defense, telling Roberts that "at some time that night, [Allen] became an invitee of the White House," because, "a White House staffer led him to that seat."