Stalking Charge Against Marion Barry Dropped

Published July 10, 2009

Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, who was accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend.

U.S. Park Police arrested the current D.C. councilman on Saturday on a stalking charge after they said a woman complained she was being stalked.

Barry's lawyer denied the allegations and said Barry was arrested on the way home from a meal with the woman, Donna Watts-Brighthaupt. Watts-Brighthaupt earlier this week also released a statement that appeared to deny she had accused him of stalking.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday that it would not pursue the stalking charges after reviewing evidence.

“I’m relieved it’s over,” Watts-Brighthaupt told the Washington City Paper. “It’s a large price I’ve had to pay. I didn’t ask for this. I’ve learned such a large lesson in dealing with Marion. I’m not invincible. It’s unbelievable the type of person he is. But I wish him well. And I wish him good health. I’d really like him to do the best he can, do what he can for Ward 8 from this day forward.”

Watts-Brighthaupt told the Paper that she has no plans to file a civil suit against Barry. “Why bother?” she explains. “He doesn’t have any money.”

Barry served four terms as mayor. He was videotaped in 1990 smoking crack cocaine in an FBI sting but later regained the mayor's office.

Written by Associated Press

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