The Salahis to Montel: It Wasn't Us!! Our Customer Invited You

8/25/2011 8:00 PM PDT

The Salahis -- Montel Williams' Beef Shouldn't Be With Us

Michaele and Tareq Salahi say Montel Williams is angry at the wrong people -- and they want to make it 100% clear they had nothing to do with dragging his name into an upcoming event at their winery.

Late Thursday, Montel's rep says he sent a cease and desist letter to the Salahis demanding Montel's name be removed from a website promoting a charitable event being held next month at Oasis Winery in Virginia.

Michaele tells TMZ ... "DC's Most Fabulous Magazine" is actually organizing the event -- Oasis is merely the venue -- and she thinks Montel's beef should be with the magazine.

Michaele says, "The website Montel Williams is referring to is NOT a Salahi website. We don't get involved with what customers of our winery do or who they invite."

She adds they, personally, have never stated that Montel was attending the party -- and "if [Montel's reps] have an issue with what one of our customers does at the winery, they should contact that customer.