NYC Journo Arrested for Harassing Mayor Bloomberg's Office

By: (AP) A journalist accused of making hundreds of harassing phone calls to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's press office was arrested Friday and charged with harassment, police said.

Investigators allege Christopher Brodeur, a writer for the alternative newspaper the New York Press and a fringe candidate for mayor, made 1,379 calls to the press office between Sept. 2 and Jan. 15.

In one recent call, Brodeur allegedly accused the press office and Bloomberg of lying to him and warned, "You lie to me, you should thank the Lord that I didn't slice your throat."

He was charged with two counts of aggravated harassment and one count of harassment, police said.

Jessica Delfino, a spokeswoman for Brodeur, claimed he meant no harm and had been taunted by members of the press office.

"He's not a violent person," she said. "He's a very passionate person. He truly believes the government is behaving in a corrupt way."

In 1999, Brodeur was acquitted of criminal charges alleging he made more than 80 harassing and threatening telephone calls to then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's press office.


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