In 2012, Dr. Robert Hadden was arrested for making oral contact with a patient during a gynecological exam.
These reports of sexual abuse against Robert Hadden were soon followed by dozens of similar reports, providing a clearer picture of the predator doctor’s heinous acts.
That was the start of an incredibly long battle for justice on behalf of Dr. Hadden’s victims.
Still, the bravery and courage of a few of these women sparked a movement that would eventually lead to Hadden’s downfall.
Hundreds of Hadden’s victims have courageously come forward and joined civil lawsuits to hold Columbia University and its affiliates liable, but more women deserve to be heard and get justice.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of Dr. Robert Hadden’s sexual abuse, it is vital to know that you are not alone.
Contact the DiPietro Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation.
You are allowed to file a claim anonymously.
Here is a brief overview of the timeline and circumstances surrounding Dr. Robert Hadden’s criminal sexual abuse case.
Robert Hadden began practicing as an OBGYN in New York City in 1991 and remained an Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/GYN until 2014.
He attended Skidmore College from 1976-1980, then went on to his master’s at Barry University in 1983. He received his MD from New York Medical College in 1987.
He worked as an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) as a salaried employee for Columbia University, working at the Irving Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and other affiliated medical offices and clinics throughout the New York metropolitan area.
The US Department of Justice issued a press release in September 2020 that revealed that Dr. Robert Hadden had assaulted dozens of female patients, including multiple minors, as early as 1993 and until 2012.
The press release included a formerly sealed indictment that detailed Hadden’s heinous behavior, including:
The press release also mentioned Hadden’s victims, including adults, pregnant women, and minors, whom he delivered years prior.
One of the first publicized reports of sexual abuse by Dr. Robert Hadden came in June 2012 when a female patient came to the police to report that Hadden had inappropriately licked her private parts during a medical examination.
However, no criminal charge was filed against Hadden as there was no substantial physical evidence to prove the allegation.
In August 2012, Hadden stopped practicing medicine in New York.
After the police report became more widely known, more women came forward and reported similar stories of sexual abuse by Dr. Hadden.
However, most of them could not take legal action against him because the statute of limitations had expired.
In June 2013, two plaintiffs filed a report against Hadden in the Manhattan Supreme Court.
One of the plaintiffs was a former patient of Hadden’s, while the other was a previous staff member.
A third victim joined the lawsuit soon after.
All of these women filed legal claims which stated that sexual abuse occurred while they were under Hadden’s care.
More allegations of sexual abuse by Dr. Robert Hadden surfaced.
In June 2014, Hadden was indicted on six counts of sexual misconduct by a grand jury in the Manhattan Supreme Court.
These charges include forcible touching, criminal sex acts, and sexual abuse, which can result in up to four years of imprisonment.
In 2016, Hadden entered a guilty plea deal with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, headed by former Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.
Hadden pleaded guilty to only two counts of nine charges against him:
In return, he would lose his medical license and register as a sex offender but would not face any jail time.
Additionally, the New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) mandated that all of Hadden’s former patients must be informed that he lost his medical license and is now a registered sex offender.
After Robert Hadden was convicted, reports of sexual abuse against him continued to pour in.
In January 2020, Evelyn Yang, the wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, revealed in an interview with CNN that she was a victim of Hadden’s sexual misconduct.
Yang’s story brought more attention to the case and catalyzed more victims to come forward.
While Hadden pled not guilty in July 2020, he was once again indicted in September of that year.
This time for six counts of enticing and inducing victims to travel interstate to his New York medical offices, intending to engage in unlawful sexual activities.
Federal prosecutors alleged Hadden also sexually assaulted “dozens of female patients, including multiple minors” during his practice between 1993 and 2012.
Unfortunately, Hadden was allowed to post a million-dollar bail.
In December 2021, the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital agreed to a settlement worth nearly $71.5 million with 79 of Hadden’s victims.
The settlement was made to compensate victims for the physical and emotional distress they had suffered over the years due to Hadden’s misconduct.
Robert Hadden’s case has inspired the passing of various legislation to protect survivors of sexual abuse.
In 2021, New York State passed a bill extending the statute of limitations for such cases, and this bill was signed into law in May 2022 and is known as New York’s Adult Survivors Act or the “Look Back Window.”
The Act gives adult survivors of sexual abuse a window of one year to file civil claims against their alleged abusers and institutions, regardless of when the alleged abuse occurred.
From November 24, 2022, to November 24, 2023, any survivor of sexual abuse can file a civil claim against their alleged abuser.
In 2022, the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital reached a settlement agreement of $165 million settlement for 147 of Hadden’s victims.
On January 24, 2023, Robert Hadden was convicted on four counts of enticing and inducing victims to travel interstate to engage in illegal sexual activity.
These federal charges each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
US attorney Damian Williams labeled Hadden as “a predator in a white coat.”
Williams also stated that:
“For years, [Robert Hadden] cruelly lured women who sought professional medical care to his offices in order to gratify himself. Hadden’s victims trusted him as a physician, only to instead become victims of his heinous predilection. We thank and commend the brave women who came forward to tell their stories, many of whom testified at trial to end his years-long cycle of abuse.“
Robert Hadden has inflicted severe harm on countless women and girls.
This nearly three-decade-long cycle of abuse has forever changed the lives of numerous women, and Columbia University, its affiliates, and Robert Hadden must pay for the damage done.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of Robert Hadden, contact an experienced New York City sexual assault lawyer at The DiPietro Law Firm today to get the justice and compensation you deserve.
We have been dedicated to helping our clients pursue justice for Columbia University and its affiliate medical clinics’ role in enabling Robert Hadden’s abuse.
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