“Washington Post” Publisher’s Ex-Husband Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Former Girlfriend (UPDATE: Charges Dropped)

Local lawyer was charged with assault and destruction of property Wednesday morning.

EDITOR’S UPDATE: The US Attorney’s office dropped all the charges against Mr. Scully on October 9. Bill Miller, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s office, says the office typically does not comment on the reasons behind dismissals.

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R.A. Scully, a 49-year-old Washington lawyer, was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault after allegedly beating a former girlfriend, according to court documents.

Scully, who until recently was an attorney at financier Carl Icahn’s holding company XO Holdings Inc. and is a former Baker & McKenzie associate, is the ex-husband of Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth. They were married in 1998 and divorced six years later.

According to police documents, Scully and his former girlfriend got into an argument in her car near the Naval Observatory in DC’s Glover Park around 1 PM on Tuesday, July 17.

Scully allegedly punched the woman in the chest, took her cell phone from her purse, and exited the car, according to the police report.

The 26-year-old ex-girlfriend followed Scully into the woods near the 3500 block of Whitehaven Parkway, Metropolitan Police officer Lisa M. Myers reported in an affidavit. Scully, she wrote, allegedly “grabbed [his ex-girlfriend] by her hair and dragged her.” He then “took a rock and smashed [her] cell phone,” according to the affidavit. Scully, Officer Myers wrote, “was last seen running in the woods.”

The ex-girlfriend was transported to Howard University hospital. She was scraped and bruised, according to the police report.

The alleged victim, whom Washingtonian is not identifying by name, declined to comment for this story when contacted yesterday.

According to the MPD, officers later located Scully outside the victim’s Georgetown apartment around 12:30 AM on Wednesday, approximately 11 hours after the alleged incident. According to court documents, he ran after spotting the responding MPD cruiser and was arrested after a brief chase. He was charged with felony assault, simple assault, and destruction of property. He was released from police custody later that same day, after being ordered to stay away from the ex-girlfriend.

Reached by phone, Scully declined to comment for this story. His attorney, John T. Harvey III, said Scully “denies any and all of the allegations.”

Scully is scheduled to appear at a hearing in DC Superior Court on August 1.

He received his law degree from Catholic University and worked at the State Department before joining Baker & McKenzie.

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