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Report: Barry Solicited Sexual Favors From Nonprofit Worker

Maroin BarrySharon Wise's tenure as the project manager for two of Councilmember Marion S. Barry Jr.'s fishy nonprofits, Clean and Sober Inc. and the Ward 8 Youth Leadership Council, was at best a rocky one. Wise's contract was terminated after she complained that Barry and his staffer Brenda Richardson were using the earmarked funds improperly. Wise eventually turned into a whistleblower.

According to the Bennett Report, Wise had to put up with more than just financial hanky-panky. She had to put up with Barry's constant advances. She told investigators that Barry "frequently requested sexual favors" from her.

When asked to respond during his deposition, Barry refused to answer questions about his relationship with Wise. "I think that's outside the scope of the inquiry," he stated.

When asked if Barry "had ever requested a sexual favor," Wise stated in her deposition: "He probably suggested it 562 times."

Among the 562 times, Barry asked her to "sit on my lap" and "come over here and give me a hug" and told her she was his "baby."

Wise said her typical response to Barry's advances was: "Have you lost your mind?"

*file photo by Darrow Montgomery.

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  1. #1

    OMG, I can't believe Barry would do such things. And what's up with Gray kicking him to the curb by releasing a hearsay report? You gonna let Gray dis you like this, Marion? Or you keepin your powder dry for plea negotiations?

  2. #2

    I am sure it won't be hearsay when the matter goes to criminal investigation.

  3. UnfortunateChoiceofWords
    #3

    The phrase keeping your powder dry is unfortunate when it comes to Marion Barry.

  4. #4

    Here we go, same bullshit, different toilet!! Run out of fenty news eyy Cherkis, GTFOH!

  5. #5

    THOSE ARE SEXUAL FAVORS? AND THE FAKE ASS HO KEPT COUNT?
    BITCH PULEEZE.

    IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THOSE WHO WANT THEIR PROSTATE MASSAGED ALL THE TIME ARE THE VERY ONES WHO ARE APPLAUDING THIS DOG AND PONY SHOW BECAUSE THEY WANT BARRY'S SEAT TO CONTINUE TO PROMOTE THEIR RECESSIVE GENE COCKSUCKING AGENDA.

    THESE DAYS ANYTIME A FAT WHITE FUCK OR A FAGGOT ASS HUNKY GRANDSTANDS TO DEPICT A BROTHER IN A BAD LIGHT OR MAKE CLAIMS THAT ARE PURE BULL SHIT TO ME IS AKIN TO A MODERN DAY LYNCHING.

    IM SURE FAGGIE FENTY IS SMILIN. HIS BOYFRIEND CONSPIRED AND TOOK THE HEAT OFF HIM FOR A MINUTE.

    FUCK 'EM ALL I SAY!

  6. #6

    Noodlez: Great use of the all-caps function as usual. And of course, no comment of yours would be complete without your tired "faggie fenty" reference. You should try trademarking that. [this is sarcasm which I have a feeling you don't get].

    Maybe one day you will have something constructive to say on public corruption and whether or not it is OK for a D.C. Councilmember to refer to a colleague as "baby" and beg for a little lap time.

    By all accounts, Sharon Wise may be the bravest, strongest individual in this entire mess. She became a whistleblower when things got shady. She documented the wrongdoing and stepped up and told authorities. The Bennett Report certainly is a vindication of her efforts. We need more people like her.

    Wise certainly didn't deserve the sexual advances of an elected official. Nor does she deserve your eight grade BS.

  7. #7

    Shouldn't The Sexist be putting up a blog posting on this?

    And after all's said and done, what's gonna happen to Barry? He'll still be reelected by Ward 8 constituents. He still will never apologize or acknowledge he did anything wrong. He still won't resign.

    And what's Vince Gray gonna do? Call for Barry to resign? Strip him of all his committees? At most, they will "admonish" Barry for exercising poor judgment. And that will be that.

    All these shenanigans happened under Vince Gray's watch. And yet he wants to bash the mayor for the shady contracts that resulted in stuff actually having been built - as opposed to Barry's b.s. contracts that resulted in no tangible end product?

    When does Vince Gray announce he's resigning because he's been an incompetent steward of the public's money?

  8. #8

    @Skipper, well said! Gray and the rest of the Council will go through the CYA motions and business will continue as usual.

  9. #9

    Gray and crew continually condemn and obstruct contracts issued by the executive branch while privately "earmarking" or otherwise steering jaw dropping amounts of public funds to friends/supporters for pet projects. Nobody should be surprised by Barry's actions -- they are consistent with his lengthy pattern of shameful conduct.

    Let's see whether Gray (or any CM) introduces emergency legislation this week to ban CM earmarks accross the board. That would be a concrete step toward earning back the public's trust. Censoring Barry is meaningless without eliminating the earmark process entirely.

  10. If it walks like a duck
    #10

    Jason: thanks for the stories -- keep 'em coming and thanks for the take down of LIMP NOODLEZ (maybe that's why he's so angry -- his noodle is limp)

  11. #11

    @Jason Cherkis SLIM ALL THE CRITICISM I LEVEL IS CONSTRUCTIVE.

    FROM MY PERSPECTIVE YOU ARE NO BETTER THAN THE REST OF THESE FOLKS ON HERE THAT IS SO CAUGHT UP IN MY DELIVERY YOU FAIL TO RECOGNIZE WHAT IS BEING DELIVERED.

    AS FOR MS WISE IM SURE HER CONTEMPT FOR THE SO CALLED INJUSTICES SHE ENCOUNTERED WASNT ON HER RADAR UNTIL THE WRITING WAS ON THE WALL THAT SHE WAS ABOUT TO BE CANNED. JUST MAKE SURE YOU POSITION IS CONSISTANT WHEN IT COMES TO FOLK OF HER ILK.

    IF PERCEPTION WAS A PREREQUISITE FOR GUILT THEN IM SURE THERE WOULD BE A LOT MORE BLACK MEN IN JAIL THAN THE CURRENT POPULATION OF INCARCERATED BLACK MEN. SO GET OVER YOURSELF! YOUR OBSESSION WITH THIS MAN IS BECOMING QUITE SAD.

    AS FOR YOUR CHARGE SHE IS LUCKY SHE DIDNT GET MY 7TH GRADE BS IM SAVING THAT FOR MS.DONNA (STANK ASS HO) WATTS-BRIGHTHAUPT.

  12. #12

    noodlez-
    Sometimes I get what you are trying to say and even agree. But this isn't one of those. Your constant hate speech about gays and defense of Barry is just inexplicable and unseemly. You are making a JV mistake in assuming that gays are a monolithic interest block and that Barry represents the best of the professional black municipal working class.

  13. #13

    Boy, this sure helps DC's whining to become a state. Maybe in another 20 years, when we get past the banana republic politics, will DC finally be recognized as a "state".

  14. #14

    Barry is a dumb ass pig and embarrassment to this city who needs to be locked up and die in prison!

  15. #15

    Barry/Gray/Brown Brothers...remember this..."People who plot to ruin others are often destroyed in the attempt."

    Noodlez,

    Though I am a Fenty supporter, I have always respected your comments. (For the shear negroeness if nothing else). Also, I have a lot of respect for Barry and understand what he means to ward 8.
    I also think that these woman have an axe to grind with Barry.

    But don't be a hypocrite.

    To say that perception doesn't equal guilt after all the bashing you did on Fenty on the parks construction projects....(Which the council found no wrong-doing in) is just ridiculous.

    Fenty is Black man that gets called a crook by the Barry/Gray crowd everyday. And with a lot less proof than this.

    Well, no proof really..just enuendo. Why no complaints there? Why doesn't he get the benefit of any doubts by Barry/Gray/Brown supporters? You guys believe...and broadcaste... anything that you hear about him.

    And mark my words, the more the Council trys to paint Fenty as a crook the more of they will get exposed.

    Generally speaking, the City Council under Gray is the most arrogant I have seen. They have no desire what so ever to work with the executive. And that was clear the moment Gray took office. I hear that he didn't return the mayor's calls for two weeks. Pissing Fenty's staff off and setting the tone.

    Now, Emergency legislation is a weekly thing. Refuse to appoint nominees to boards. Constantly attempting to gain more financial control over the executive. They even are attempting to politicise the Districts legal representation and rest control from the executive. They want line item approval of the budget.

    Shit, Thomas even wants the mayor to consult him on snow removal while he is on vacation in. Miami.

    You'd think the Mayor works for the council or something. Mini-Mayors with an eye on the big seat.

    If they can abuse that stuff so blatantly (and get applauded for it by the Anybody but Fenty Crew)...you know they are abusing the less visible mechanisms that they actually have authority over..

  16. #16

    Bravo, hymesb.

    By the way, in the context of BHM and the current discussion, this lecture looks interesting:
    http://www.nasonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=AAHP_Austin

  17. #17

    Cherkis- While I'm with you on the Noodlez correcting (bashing as he likes to call it, that sadistic limp-dick basturd), I really don't give a lot of credit to people like Wise. I know we all should think that it's commendable to a whistleblower and bring to light the inconsistencies with this idiot, but she only did it because she was fired. When she a part of it and profiteering from it, she seemed fine with his pratices. I appreciate what she's doing now, but I don't think she's some sacred cow.

  18. #18

    Wise was one of the few that the Bennett report did not slam as incompetent. She did speak up while she was still employed by Clean and Sober Inc. She took her complaints to the Wilson Building. She taped that meeting where Richardson admitted Barry was the lead actor in the decision to cut her pay. And give the money to his NA Sponsor.

  19. #19

    C'mon, Jason. You know anyone who slams Barry is either part of THE PLAN or just as dirty as he is. Get real.

  20. #20

    Cherkis- She's covering her ass now (after spending years selling her ass to him). I don't believe people who've profited from back-room deals in the past and are now front-runners in campaigns to unravel the truth. She's obviously smart enough to forsee the fall-out and probably thought the authorities would be involved one day. Might as well be on their side than on his. I'm certain she would have never come forward if things had gone smooth for her at Clean and Sober. It didn't and she's retaliated. I'm not saying she's a bad person but I don't think she's a terrific do-gooder either.

  21. #21

    @downtown rez DC WAS TARGETED FOR GAY MARRIAGE PASSAGE. PERIOD. DONT PLAY THEM FOLKS FOR CHEAP. THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND THEY HAVE THE TIME AND RESOURCES TO DO IT. I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST HOMOSEXUALS I JUST DONT WANT THEIR LIFESTYLE IN MY SPACE.

    HELP ME OUT ON THIS BUT DIDNT ALL THIS STEM FROM GAYTANIA'S TOO LITTLE TOO LATE OVERSIGHT?

    NONE OF MY COMMENTS DEFENDED BARRY. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT ALL OF THESE WOMEN KNOW WHAT TYPE OF DUDE HE IS AND FOR THEM TO SHOW DISDAIN AND DISGUST NOW IS SOME BULLSHIT!

  22. #22

    @hymesb WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? THE CONTRACTS WAS AGAINST THE LAW.

    WAKE THE FUCK UP. THE COUNCIL SWEEPING THAT SHIT UNDER THE RUG AND GIVING HIM A PASS IS ON A DIFFERENT LEVEL. THEY DID THAT SHIT BECAUSE THEY WERE ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL AND DIDNT WANT THE EMBARRASMENT THAT WOULD HAVE COME ALONG WITH IT.

    DONT BE CONFUSED. HIS HUE DOESNT NOT DEPICT WHO HE IS. I KNOW A LOT OF WHITE BOYS THAT ARE BLACKER THAN FENTY AND THEY WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM TELLING HIS PUNK ASS THAT.

    THE WAY YOU ARE FRAMING THIS SITUATION REMINDS ME OF THE DISPARITY WITH THE COCAINE LAWS. THEY SLAP THE WRIST OF THE BIGGEST VIOLATOR AND THROW THE BOOK AT THE SMALL TIME OFFENDER.

  23. #23

    noodlez:
    I'm a straight married man with kids who lived in dupont for 10 years, and I have no idea what you mean by "their lifestyle".
    We're all just people, noodlez

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