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'Stalking' Victim Is Barry's Ex

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2009 1:25 PM CDT
'Stalking' Victim Is Barry's Ex
Marion Barry, right, stands behind his lawyer Frederick Cooke during a news conference today.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Marion Barry’s lawyer says the woman he was arrested for stalking on Saturday is his ex-girlfriend, and that the two had been together earlier that day, the Washington Post reports. Police say they took Barry into custody after a woman said he was “bothering her”; ex Donna Watts-Brighthaupt says she didn't try to have Barry arrested and that he was pulled over for a traffic violation, though she does have “tons and tons of evidence” that he was stalking her.

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“How are there charges of stalking when they had lunch earlier in the day? It was consensual,” a Barry spokeswoman said. “There was no hide-and-seek stalking as one would think when they hear the term.” (Read more Marion Barry stories.)

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