When we first read reports that Michelle Obama and the Queen of Qatar had reportedly spent $50,000 at Agent Provocateur, we were skeptical.
Besides the fact that we can’t quite imagine the First Lady (or the Queen of Qatar for that matter) being such an ardent fan of the brand’s saucy, often-bondage-inspired underthings as to inspire a $50K shopping spree, we also found it hard to believe that such a media-savvy woman would publicly spend that much on anything (let alone kinky lingerie) during the time of her husband’s reelection.
It was hard to believe because it wasn’t true.
Yesterday, Agent Provocateur released a statement about the story saying: “Regarding Michelle Obama and purchases made at an Agent Provocateur boutique are incorrect. ” They added, “Agent Provocateur never discusses any of its clientele or their purchases.”
And today, the White House has been forced to issue a statement, denying the claims. “In this case, [this news item is] utterly false, and it’s irresponsible of an American news organization to repeat the story, even allowing that it could be true. So it’s wrong,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, responding to a question at the daily White House briefing, reports WWD. Pressed on if he could provide proof that the story is false, Carney said, “I’m not going to go there….It’s false.”