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Yesterday evening, in an interview with LL, Donna Watts-Brighthaupt—-the woman Marion Barry is alleged to have stalked—-said that the events leading to Barry’s arrest began with a memo Barry had written Tuesday. That memo instructed D.C. Council secretary’s office to bar her ex-husband, Delonta Brighthaupt, from a city hall event that night.
LL has obtained the memo.
“Delonte [sic] has threatened me by telephone and in person on last Sunday,” the memo reads. “I am requesting that he not gain entry into the Wilson Building tonight for the screening because I feel threatened by him.”
In response, Watts-Brighthaupt wrote back to Barry’s scheduler, Donna Rouse. “Marion has literally lost his mind,” she writes. “He has falsely accused Delonta and publicly embarrassed my daughter and me.” She also refers to an incident where Barry, at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, “locked me out of his hotel room and canceled my flight.” She refers also to “horrendous acts performed by Marion” witnessed by “neighbors, my family & friends and cameras in the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas.”
Full e-mails after the jump.
June 30, 2009
Ron Collins Assistant Secretary to the Council 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 2000
Dear Mr. Collins:
A gentleman by the name of Delonte (I do not know his last name) is coming to the CNN advance screening and panel discussion of CNN’s Black in America 2 tonight. Delonte has threatened me by telephone and in person on last Sunday. He is scheduled to come with Donna Watts and her daughter. I am requesting that he not gain entry into the Wilson Building tonight for the screening because I feel threatened by him
I will point Delonte out to you or the police if he gains entry into the building.
I thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call on [REDACTED].
Marion Barry Councilmember, Ward 8
Cc: Chairman Gray Cynthia Brock-Smith
And this is what Watts-Brighthaupt wrote back to Rouse:
Ms. Donna –
Marion has literally lost his mind. My ex-husband/health caregiver has never threatened Marion. In fact the only telephone conversation made (that I am aware of) between the two was from Denver when -at my request- Delonta simply wanted to assist in my transportation back to DC from Denver’s Dem Convention when Marion locked me out of his hotel room and canceled my flight last year. Hopefully one of your councilmembers will attest to Delonta’s handling that situation as humane as could possibly be done given the situation.
I am saddened, thus not suprised at this unscrupulous act to control the treatments of my cancer. He has falsely accused Delonta and publicly embarrassed my daughter and me. I have several voicemails and letters from Marion stating quite the opposite where he has threatened Delonta. My neighbors, my family & friends and cameras in the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas have witnessed and have video of horrendous acts performed by Marion.
Thank you for this memo. Though much may not come of this, he is strongly advised to seek proper council.
Most kindly! Donna