A photograph of Carol Jackson, Hazel Diane "Rasheeda" Moore, Mayor Barry and Mertine Moore that appeared in some editions Tuesday should have been credited to WUSA-TV. (Published 6/28/90)

A Virgin Islands woman testified yesterday that D.C. Mayor Marion Barry had sex with her against her will after a struggle at a St. Thomas beachfront hotel in March 1988.

In halting testimony, Linda Creque Maynard, a friend of Charles Lewis's, said that she went to the hotel room to meet the mayor, and that Barry made repeated sexual advances. Maynard did not give an uninterrupted account of the incident, but provided short answers in response to lawyers' questions.

When Lewis left them alone in the room, she testified, Barry persisted in his advances, and didn't allow her to leave the room. Maynard said that the mayor had her down on the bed, where they struggled for about 10 minutes. She said that afterward, to get away, she told Barry that she would return to see him later, and then left.

She said she didn't report the incident to police, or even to her friend Lewis, because she wanted to forget about it.

When he emerged from the courthouse, Barry smiled and said of Maynard's testimony: "It's incredible if true . . . . I don't want to comment about every incredible, inconsistent witness, but they can get up and lie on the stand. It's just not believable."

Earlier in the day, Robert W. Mance, one of Barry's lawyers, tried to discredit Maynard by asking her about discrepancies between her testimony yesterday and statements she had made earlier to authorities.

Maynard was called as a witness by prosecutors to back up Lewis's claims that he smoked crack and used cocaine in the Virgin Islands with Barry in 1986 and 1988. Maynard testified that she did not see Barry use drugs during an evening visit to Barry's room at the Morning Star Beach Club hotel, but that the mayor was present when she and Lewis smoked crack.

It appeared that Maynard's testimony might end on that note, but Maynard suddenly broke into tears under questioning by Assistant U.S. Attorney Judith E. Retchin about whether Maynard was certain she had smoked crack in Barry's room.

Yes, Maynard testified, she was sure. Said Maynard, "I just wanted to forget about the whole scene that happened, and then I started thinking to myself about what really went on that evening when I went there . . . . "

Retchin asked, "Did you want to forget because you felt humiliated?

"Yes, I did," Maynard answered.

As Maynard started to blot a tear with her finger, Retchin gave her a tissue.

Soon afterward, Retchin asked: "Did you and Mr. Barry have sexual relations in the hotel room?"

"Yes," Maynard said.

"Did you want that to happen?"


As U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered a recess and the jury filed out of the room, Retchin walked to the witness stand and led Maynard to a juror's chair. With jurors still leaving the courtroom, Retchin sat next to the sobbing Maynard, rubbing her shoulder.

Later, Maynard testified that during the incident she believed Lewis was outside the hotel room door, but that she didn't call to him.

Barry lawyer Mance asked, "Were you all over the room fighting {Barry} off?"

"No, he already had me down on the bed," she replied.

Maynard's testimony came after two bench conferences, during which Barry's lawyers fought to keep the allegation out of the trial. Jackson ordered the transcript of the conferences sealed. In the public portion of the session, he did not give a basis for his order.

Under cross-examination by Mance, Maynard conceded that some points of her testimony differed from statements she gave to a D.C. police detective in the Virgin Islands in August. Mance noted that Maynard told the detective that Lewis gave her a package of cocaine as she left the room. In court yesterday, she said that she received the drugs from Lewis as she arrived at the hotel.

Mance also reminded Maynard that in the August interview she told the detective there had been another woman in Barry's room when she was there. Yesterday, Maynard denied that she had ever said that. Mance also confronted Maynard with her statement to the detective that she had not smoked crack in Barry's room, and asked the reason for the confusion.

"There was no confusion," she testified. "I just not did not remember if I did or not."

Bearing in, Mance asked why she did not remember. "This was a special occasion for you, was it not?"

"It was an honor for me to go and meet the mayor, yes," she responded.

"Are you telling us that on this occasion you can't remember whether you smoked crack or not?"

"No," Maynard said. "Because after I got there, it was a disappointment."

Barry wore a West African kente cloth scarf around his neck to court yesterday, but removed it while the jury was in the courtroom.

Earlier in the day, two other women testified that the mayor had made aggressive sexual overtures to them in his hotel room, where they said drug use was going on. They are Dixie Lee Hedrington, the owner of a secretarial service in the Virgin Islands; and Zenna Matthias, a schoolteacher who lives there.

Still another woman, Jonetta Vincent, said she accompanied Lewis, the mayor, Hazel Diane "Rasheeda" Moore and another couple on a daylong cruise in June 1986. She testified that she joined the mayor, Lewis and Moore in smoking marijuana on the yacht.

The testimony of all four women -- Maynard, Matthias, Hedrington and Vincent -- was offered by the prosecution to show that Barry had either used drugs himself or had seen Lewis using drugs in the Virgin Islands on trips there in June 1986 and March 1988. If true, their testimony could show that Barry committed perjury before a federal grand jury in Washington in January 1989.

The perjury counts allege that Barry lied in saying he didn't know anything about drug use by Lewis, and had never talked about drugs with Lewis.

Vincent, a disaster relief specialist in the Virgin Islands, testified that during a daylong cruise, Lewis took out some marijuana, and she, Lewis, Barry and Moore smoked it near where one of the mayor's security officers was sitting. She said the officer did nothing to interrupt the smoking.

Hedrington's testimony was offered via a tape recording because she is in the late stages of pregnancy. That tape recording was of her testimony before a D.C. grand jury last September.

Hedrington testified that she had known Lewis for only a few months in 1988 when Lewis introduced her to Barry, who she said she hoped would be a good business contact.

Instead, she said, Barry started making sexually explicit remarks to her within moments after she entered his hotel room.

"I had a dress that had a high slit on it, and he started talking about my legs and then, you know, what he could do with me, and all this stuff, and I became irritated with his attitude," a transcript of Hedrington's testimony reads. She said she couldn't remember exactly what she replied, "but I probably would have told him something to the effect that 'I really don't appreciate your tone.' "

Later, she added, "He was a pig, and there was no way I would have let him touch me."

At that meeting, she said, another woman was present who she later learned was Wanda Stansbury. The four of them -- Lewis, Barry, Stansbury and herself -- shared some marijuana, she told the grand jury. After that, she said, Lewis showed Barry a crack pipe, and the two men went into the bathroom together. "Then I saw some smoke come out over the door and, of course, you know that smell," she said. "So I just drew my own conclusion, and assumed that they were smoking the crack."

Matthias said that she was taken to meet Barry at his hotel room in March 1988. She said she wanted to meet the mayor because she was considering moving to Washington for law school.

When she and Lewis arrived, she said, the mayor was watching a sexually explicit movie on television. Lewis had brought a vial of cocaine, she said. She said she snorted a small amount, then handed the vial to Barry and went to check her nose in the mirror because her nose was burning. Behind her back, she said, "I think I heard two sharp inhalations two times," leading her to conclude that Barry had snorted some, too.

Before she left, she said, Barry offered her more cocaine, and he put a straw up her nostrils. Again, she said, she heard two inhalations as she turned away.

On cross-examination by Mance, Matthias testified she felt "uncomfortable" upon entering the room, because of the movie, because Lewis immediately left the room and because Barry kept inviting her to join him on the bed. She said she concluded that she had been brought there for sex.

She said that she didn't leave because she wanted to make contacts in Washington through Lewis and Barry. She felt uncomfortable, she said, "but not so uncomfortable that I can't handle my situation. I am very good with handling my situation and myself."

Last night, Barry met with his chief defense lawyer, R. Kenneth Mundy, for about 90 minutes. They later were joined by Barry's wife, Effi, and Barry adviser Anita Bonds.

As he left his office about 10 p.m., Mundy said he believed prosecutors today may show the most widely awaited piece of evidence in the trial: the FBI videotape of Barry smoking crack shortly before his arrest Jan. 18 at the Vista Hotel.