A D.C. Superior Court judge has ordered that a woman who alleged she was assaulted by suspended D.C. personnel director George R. Harrod be given psychiatric tests despite the protests by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Judge William E. Steward Jr., who on Aug. 10 directed that Dolly Honablew undergo examinations to determine her mental competency, reissued his order yesterday after being asked by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Owens to reconsider the decision.
Owens argued that a psychiatric examination of Honablew would be "an invasion of privacy" and would amount to harassment.
"The court's order for psychiatric examination of Mrs. Honablew was based on the statement that she hates all men," Owens told the judge.
"This was not an irrational or bizarre statement," Owens said. "In fact it would have been irrational if she had not made such a statement."
Owens explained that the statement attributed to Honablew -- who was six months pregnant at the time -- was made at Howard University Hospital following the alleged assault by Harrod, "when she thought her husband didn't believe her and when she thought she was losing her unborn child."
Harrod, 58, is awaiting trial on a charge that he assaulted Honablew, 28, last Aug. 30 after Honablew attempted to break off a sexual relationship with Harrod, who hired her as a secretary.
But Harrod's attorneys, Dovey J. Roundtree and John Shorter, argued that Honablew was "given to emotional outbursts, prevarication and strange and odd behavioral patterns."
Roundtree, correcting an earlier quotation from Honablew's medical record by Owens, stated that Honablew told a psychiatrist she "has a complex against all men, because she feels they will beat her up."
On at least five occasions, Honablew has accused men of assaulting her, Roundtree told the judge. Honablew later denied her claims in at least three of those instances, Roundtree said.
Roundtree also said that Honablew attempted suicide in 1977 and was hospitalized for three weeks at the Washington Hospital Center for psychiatric treatment. When she recently requested Honablew's medical file from the hospital, Roundtree said, she was infomred that the records could not be found.
Owens said that government "vigorously denies" the allegations made against Honablew and suggested that a hearing be held so that Roundtree can present evidence of her claims.