Marion Barry's widow sues late husband's kidney donor over use of his 'celebrity image'

Marion Barry. (AP file photo)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The widow of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is suing the woman who donated a kidney to Barry in 2009.

The lawsuit claims that Kim Dickens does not have permission to use Barry's likeness - referred to as his "celebrity image" in court documents - to promote her charity, the Barry Dickens Kidney Foundation.

The foundation promotes organ donation and its website says Dickens and Barry founded the group together - a claim that Barry's widow, Cora Masters Barry, contends isn't true.

Cora Masters Barry, who is the executor of the late mayor's estate, is demanding in the suit that Dickens immediately remove all mention of her deceased husband from the foundation's marketing efforts. The suit also seeks punitive damages.

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