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Barry Arrested, Accused of Stalking Ex-Girlfriend
Watts-Brighthaupt said she is angered by the accusations Barry's spokeswoman made at the news conference. "I'm not emotionally disturbed. I did not siphon money off him," Watts-Brighthaupt responded. "I've never asked for a thing. I've never asked for a . . . thing -- including the $800 opera coat."
If convicted of the stalking charge, Barry could face a year in prison and a fine up to $500, according to police sources. Barry is scheduled to meet with reporters today.
The incident marks Barry's third run-in with the Park Police since his six-month jail term on misdemeanor drug charges in 1992.
In 2002, Park Police said that they found traces of marijuana and crack cocaine in his car. Barry said the drugs were planted, and charges were not filed. In 2006, Park Police cited Barry for operating a vehicle on a suspended license after he was pulled over for driving too slowly.
The same year, Barry was sentenced to three years of probation for not submitting federal and D.C. tax returns. In May, Barry's probation was extended by two years after prosecutors argued that he also failed to file his 2007 taxes on time.
John Roth, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, declined to comment on how the arrest might affect Barry's probation. A source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case, said Barry's arrest is technically a violation of his probation. But the source added that prosecutors and judges generally look at the facts of the case before deciding how to proceed.
Staff writer Matt Zapotosky contributed to this report.