In all his years in public life, Marion Barry has rarely been without a woman at his side.
"Womanizing had become an integral part of my lifestyle," he told a local magazine, Sister 2 Sister, in 1991, acknowledging that he brazenly flirted with other women in front of his wife. That same year, he went on the Sally Jessy Raphael TV show and told a nationwide audience that he was addicted to women and sex.
"It got to be more than casual," he said. "It got to be excessive."
The former D.C. mayor's relationship with Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, the ex-girlfriend with whom Barry argued just before his arrest Saturday night on a misdemeanor stalking charge, is the latest in a long series. Whether they loved him or just considered themselves friends, the women around Barry typically are fiercely loyal.
"He was raised by three women, and so he truly understands women and he speaks to your need," said Kim Dickens, who donated a kidney to Barry last year. "And if there is no need, he will create the need for you to be with him. He knows how to get into your life."
Here are snapshots of several of those relationships.
He said "I get the distinct impression by words and action that Mary wants to be the executive director of the entire corporation with me working, if I am to work, for her. I totally disagree with this concept."
She said Barry had nothing to do with the project that led to her being sent to prison for 15 months.
She said of their 1990 separation: "My marriage was stolen from me by alcohol. My husband had a drinking problem from Day One of our marriage."
He said about a recent documentary on his career: "I didn’t say this on camera, but before she got ill, we were talking about getting back together."
Cora Masters Barry
She said "I needed some time and space to pray, reflect and do a personal inventory of my life and my future. ... I love my husband and I respect and admire his accomplishments and contributions."
He said "I put the well-being of Cora above the well-being of my political life, and I'm going to fight to get her back. I love my wife. She has stood with me, for me and by me for many years. I understand why she is doing this at this time."
He said, initially, that he knew Johnson "vaguely." His attorney later said that they had a "personal relationship" and that Barry had visited her at her apartment. She said she never "loved him but loved his company."
Hazel Diane "Rasheeda" Moore
He said "Bitch set me up."
She said she and Barry had used drugs more than 100 times before the FBI sting at the hotel.
She said "I'll give you a kidney."
He said "Are you serious?"
She said he dropped her at home after lunch July 4, and he refused to leave. When she and her ex-husband went to watch fireworks, Barry followed them in his car.
He said they had lunch. He spent some time at her home. He was driving home when he was arrested.
By staff writer Carol Morello. Staff writer Hamil R. Harris and researcher Meg Smith contributed to this article.