Stalking charges against Marion Barry have been dropped by the U.S. Attorney’s Office after further review of the evidence. The former D.C. Mayor and current Washington councilman had been charged with misdemeanor stalking of his ex-girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt on Saturday by U.S. Park police.
Barry stated that the incident “caused great pain” to him, his family and community and that he did nothing to deserve to be arrested. He also claimed that he was stopped by police after driving his usual route home and was taken into custody in handcuffs and waited for hours before being read his rights.
In his time as mayor, Barry served four terms. In 1990, during his third term, he was videotaped in a hotel room smoking crack in an FBI sting. This resulted in him being placed in prison for six months. He would later become mayor again in 1994.