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WITNESSES LINK BARRY TO SEX ENCOUNTER AT PARTY

Mayor Marion Barry coerced a woman into having sex with him and made repeated advances toward others during a string of drug parties in the Virgin Islands, witnesses in his cocaine and perjury trial say.

Witnesses on Monday painted a sordid picture of the mayor's 1986 and 1988 visits to the Virgin Islands. They described drug use, drinking and the alleged sexual encounter with one of them, Linda Creque Maynard.In an interview later with Washington station WJLA-TV, Barry insisted that the jury in his case should be allowed "to decide on the credibility of each government witness."

He has pleaded not guilty to 10 misdemeanor counts of cocaine possession, one count of conspiracy and three felony counts of lying to a federal grand jury about involvement with drugs by himself and a friend, Charles Lewis.

Maynard, a Virgin Islands resident, testified that she was forced into having sex when she visited Barry in his Virgin Islands hotel room in March 1988.