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The Latest Barry Scandal: A Timeline

Thursday, July 9, 2009; A06

Here is a look at events before and after D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) was arrested Saturday night by U.S. Park Police and charged with one count of misdemeanor stalking.

MARION BARRY The council member and former mayor of Washington had been arrested by Park Police in 2002 and 2006.

DONNA WATTS-BRIGHTHAUPT A political consultant romantically linked to Barry who worked on his council campaign last year.

DELONTA BRIGHTHAUPT Watts-Brighthaupt's former husband, who released recorded conversations between her and Barry.

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AUGUST Barry and Watts-Brighthaupt begin dating during the Democratic National Convention.

OCT. 22 Barry hires Watts-Brighthaupt as a city contractor specializing in poverty-reduction strategies. She is to be paid $2,500 every two weeks.

DEC. 5 Barry cancels the contract weeks before its Dec. 22 termination date.

FEB. 17-18 Barry and Watts-Brighthaupt end their relationship days before his kidney operation. About the same time, Barry asks the secretary of the council to reinstate Watts-Brighthaupt's contract.

MAY 22 Barry sends the secretary of the council an invoice and asks to expedite a $6,250 payment to Watts-Brighthaupt for consulting services in February.

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Saturday

AFTERNOON Barry and Watts-Brighthaupt get into an argument during lunch in Annapolis. They cancel an overnight trip to the beach and return to the District. When they get to her home, Barry refuses to leave, she says. Later, as Watts-Brighthaupt and her ex-husband drive to Anacostia Park to watch fireworks, Barry follows them in his car, she says.

8:45 P.M. Park Police say that a woman, presumably Watts-Brighthaupt, flags down an officer to report that a man is "bothering her." Watts-Brighthaupt says that she never reported an encounter to police and that Barry was pulled over for a traffic violation.

MONDAY Barry and his attorney, Frederick D. Cooke Jr., hold a news conference and accuse Watts-Brighthaupt of "instability."

TUESDAY Barry spokeswoman Natalie Williams holds a news conference at 11 p.m. to respond to a Washington Post story about the contract for Watts-Brighthaupt. She accuses Watts-Brighthaupt of being unstable and says on live television that Watts-Brighthaupt was under the supervision of a psychiatrist. Watts-Brighthaupt arrives and disrupts the event, yelling that the accusations are not true.

YESTERDAY A report in the Washington City Paper contains content from recorded conversations between Watts-Brighthaupt and Barry that were released by her ex-husband.

The U.S. attorney's office decides not to pursue stalking charges against Barry.

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