WASHINGTON — The woman who donated a kidney to the late Marion Barry in 2009, Kim Dickens, is being sued by Barry’s widow, according to court documents obtained by Washington City Paper.
Cora Masters Barry, the executor of Barry’s estate, is seeking damages from Dickens and the Marion Barry-Kim Dickens Kidney Foundation, Inc., “for injuries caused by Defendants’ unauthorized use of famous politician Marion S. Barry’s name, image, likeness, and celebrity identity for the purposes of advertising, marketing, promoting, fundraising and realizing substantial sums of money on behalf of the foundation,” court documents say.
The foundation’s website says its mission is “organ and tissue donation awareness and education.” The site claims that Barry and Dickens co-founded and incorporated the foundation in February 2014.
Court documents say that Cora Masters Barry has exclusive rights to use and license Marion Barry’s “name, image, likeness, and celebrity” and maintains that he did not help found the organization.
The suit also claims that Marion Barry-Kim Dickens Kidney Foundation, Inc. “does not appear to have 501(c)(3) status or a license from the District of Columbia’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs,” although it claims to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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