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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The man who jumped a White House fence Tuesday night talked to us Wednesday after a court appearance.
James Dirk Crudup told 9NEWS the move was a cry for help because he can't find a job in this economy. Crudup says he jumped the fence with partial hopes of being shot by police because he has six kids with two women and felt like a deadbeat dad.
"Any real man would want to provide for their children and in today's economy it is so hard that especially when you have labors you can not make those achievements and the ridicule that I received and feel, you can't imagine," said Crudup.
He is living with a friend and looking for a job. He says he is a handyman and went to a technical school to learn about electrical work. He also got a real estate license.
The White House was put on lockdown for nearly 2 hours after Crudup climbed the north side fence around 7:35 p.m. Tuesday. He was taken into custody and the backpack he was wearing was examined by EOD personnel. No explosives were found -- just books and personal papers.
The 41-year-old was charged with his second felony of contempt of court Wednesday afternoon in DC Superior Court. He said his first felony was for arson.
Tuesday night, a Secret Service spokesperson said Crudup violated an order to stay away from the White House. A document we received Wednesday shows that a judge ordered Crudup to stay away from the area on or about June 7.
Crudup was released Wednesday.
He is expected back in court August 23.
Earlier in the week, CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller tweeted that a young girl slipped through the bars of a fence outside the White House. Secret Service eventually caught her and she was returned to her parents on the other side of the fence.