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Stephanopoulos Allegedly Stalked

August 8, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ A former White House intern has been charged with harassing former senior presidential adviser George Stephanopoulos.

Tangela Burkhart, of New York, was arraigned July 3 on charges of first-degree harassment and second-degree aggravated harassment, according to a criminal complaint made public this week.

Stephanopoulos was granted an order of protection, requiring Ms. Burkhart, 30, to have no contact with him.

Ms. Burkhart’s attorney, Myron Beldock, would not comment on the case, saying only that his client was innocent.

Between Jan. 22 and July 2, Ms. Burkhart allegedly followed Stephanopoulos around the city, showing up at Columbia University where he is a visiting professor of political science, and at his home, prosecutors said Friday.

Ms. Burkhart also allegedly went to a coffee shop and deli Stephanopoulos frequented, followed him to other cities, to private meetings and sent him one to two letters a week.

Prosecutors did not know when Ms. Burkhart was a White House intern, and White House officials did not return a telephone message seeking comment.

Stephanopoulos did not immediately respond to a telephone message left at his office at Columbia.

He rose to national prominence during the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign. He was White House communications director before moving into an office next to the Oval Office, where he continued as one of President Clinton’s most trusted aides.

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