David H. Broadbent Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Overview of the David H. Broadbent Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

David H. Broadbent is a former OB/GYN under criminal investigation and facing civil lawsuits for sexual abuse of patients.

Broadent worked at multiple medical facilities in the Provo, Orem and Salt Lake City, UT areas, including:

  • Intermountain Healthcare’s Utah Valley Hospital;
  • MountainStar Healthcare’s Timpanogos Hospital;
  • Other Utah health care providers; and
  • He also had adverse action taken against his medical license back in 1990.

Broadbent’s misconduct was abusive and illegal. He used his position of power as a physician to sexually exploit and abuse a countless number of female patients for his own sexual gratification.

Despite reports submitted to the Utah State Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, hospital boards, hospital management, and other authorities, David H. Broadbent was allowed to continue sexually abusing his patients for decades.

Civil lawsuits are now being filed by our firm partnership with local counsel Gross & Rooney, on behalf of victims and survivors of David H. Broadbent, and the institutions that covered up his abuse including:

  • Intermountain Healthcare’s Utah Valley Hospital;
  • MountainStar Healthcare’s Timpanogos Hospital; and
  • Other medical facilities

If you or a loved one experienced sexual exploitation or abuse by David H. Broadbent between 1979 and 2022, you may be eligible to file a claim.

Our goal is to hold Broadbent and his enablers accountable for the abuse they allowed him to commit so that this kind of thing isn’t allowed to happen again.

If you have information about Broadbent’s sexual abuse and misconduct—or tips about how the institutions covered up complaints—please contact us at (800) 215-1003.

All calls are 100% Confidential and Anonymous.

Contact Anthony T. DiPietro for a free consultation, or use the confidential chatbot on this page to see if you qualify to file a claim instantly.

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Lawsuit Updates

The Utah Supreme Court accepted plaintiff’s request to retain the case rather than sending it down to the Utah Court of Appeals!

We anticipate that the Utah Supreme Court will weigh-in sometime in 2023.

Stay tuned for more updates on this important case.

What is the David H. Broadbent Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

The David H. Broadbent sexual abuse lawsuit is a result of David H. Broadbent sexually exploiting countless women throughout his career as an OBGYN.

During obstetric and gynecologic appointments at his clinic, Intermountain Healthcare, MountainStar Healthcare, and other affiliated medical facilities, Broadbent committed multiple acts of sexual abuse under the guise of medical care.

Broadbent’s office was between Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University, and many of his patients were young women who had little prior experience with OBGYNs.

He preyed on patients’ inexperience, while abusing the position of trust he had as a medical provider, to exploit girls and women under the guise of medical care and treatment.

Because many of these women had nothing to compare it to, they often weren’t aware that what he was doing was sexual exploitation and abuse.

When survivors began to speak up in the media and share their experiences, they shed light on the abuse Broadbent committed and the lengths to which his employers evaded responsibility for their doctor’s actions.

In February 2022, a lawsuit was filed in Utah’s 4th District Court by attorneys representing 100 survivors.

Lawsuit Filed Against Broadbent and His Employers

Almost 100 women are included in a lawsuit filed in the 4th District Court (Provo, UT) against David Broadbent, Intermountain Healthcare, and MountainStar Healthcare (owned by HCA Healthcare), and 50 other defendants who may be associated.

The initial complaint alleges that:

“Dr. David H. Broadbent took advantage of his position, Plaintiffs’ vulnerability, and that relationship of trust as he sexually battered and abused Plaintiffs and numerous other women over three decades.”

Plaintiffs’ attorneys are filing for a jury trial, aiming to hold Braodbent, Intermountain Healthcare, MountainStar Healthcare, and others who enabled Broadbent’s serial sexual abuse liable for the suffering of numerous women.

The lawsuit complaint states the following causes of action:

  • Sexual Battery Against Broadbent
  • Sexual Assault Against Broadbent
  • Negligent Supervision Against Intermountain Healthcare and MountainStar Healthcare
  • Fraudulent Misrepresentation Against All Defendants
  • Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Against Broadbent
  • Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Against Intermountain Healthcare and MountainStar Healthcare

Lawsuit Dismissed by 4th District Court, Lawyers Appealing

In October 2022, Fourth District Judge Robert C. Lunnen dismissed the lawsuit filed against Broadbent, Intermountain Healthcare, MountainStar Healthcare, and other defendants.

The judge’s decision to dismiss is under a Utah law that covers medical malpractice actions — the Utah Health Care Malpractice Act.

Simply put, the judge found that any legal action against a healthcare provider in Utah is considered medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice lawsuits in Utah must undergo additional steps, such as a pre-litigation review, before filing and court deliberation.

Broadbent’s defense attorneys allege that plaintiffs did not follow the proper steps required in medical malpractice claims, precluding them from filing suit.

Plaintiff’s attorneys, led by Adam Sorenson and Terence Rooney of Gross & Rooney, are appealing this decision.

In court documents, Sorenson said:

“For forty years, Broadbent sexually abused women and concealed that abuse under the guise of medical care. Those acts do not fall under the definition of health care.”

If successful on appeal, the case will resume as previously filed.

If unsuccessful, the case will still move forward, but will be filed as a malpractice action.

The Utah Supreme Court will review the case this year.

NEWS ALERT: David H. Broadbent is Under Criminal Investigation by the Provo Police Department and State Authorities

Former OBGYN David H. Broadbent is under criminal investigation by the Provo Police Department and other authorities for the sexual assault of patients.

The authorities have revealed little information investigating Broadbent’s history of sexual battery and assault.

Broadbent voluntarily handed over his medical license to the Utah state Division of Professional Licensing as the criminal investigation was pending.

Intermountain Healthcare, MountainStar Healthcare, and Other Defendants Knew About Broadbent's Sexual Abuse and Did Nothing to Stop It

The David H Broadbent Sexual Abuse Lawsuit aims to hold Broadbent and the employers and enablers of Broadbent accountable for the sexual abuse their patients suffered for decades.

Serial sexual abusers rarely work alone.

As we’ve learned over the past several years at places like Columbia University, Michigan State, and USC, serial sexual predators cannot exist without the help of the institutions and their administrators who do everything possible to protect their predator (instead of their patients), gaslight women, and cover up the abuse.

In an Amended Complaint, one of the attorneys for Broadbent’s victims states:

“Multiple formal and informal complaints were made of Broadbent’s acts of sexual abuse, but neither IHC nor MountainStar properly responded. In fact, formal complaints made it all the way to Utah Valley Hospital’s Chief Administrator, Steve Smoot, and its Chief Medical Officer, Tracy Hill, M.D. – and yet, over a decade later, IHC was still referring women to go see Broadbent at his private clinic.”

Broadbent’s employers not only disregarded reports of sexual abuse, but they also allowed him to continue to practice medicine and subject numerous other women to sexual abuse.

Contact Us Anonymously If You Are A Survivor Or Whistleblower Of David H. Broadbent's Sexual Abuse

For the past decade, our Founder Anthony T. DiPietro, Esq., has been suing Columbia University to hold them accountable for covering up decades of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by former OBGYN Robert Hadden.

From the early years, Mr. DiPietro made a conscious and deliberate decision to put his clients’ comfort level first.

Mr. DiPietro understands the complex emotions and challenges that victims and survivors wrestle with when deciding to come forward.

As a result, he has committed to protecting and supporting his clients throughout this process.

If you or a loved one suffered sexual abuse by David Broadbent, you are eligible to file a legal claim anonymously.

In addition, those who witnessed Broadbent’s abuse are encouraged to share their stories or reports about what they’ve seen or heard.

All calls regarding the David H. Broadbent sexual abuse cover up are 100% free and confidential.

The DiPietro Law Firm has:

  • Recovered $236 million against Columbia University and Robert Hadden
  • Forced Columbia University to enact policies to increase patient safety
  • Helped pass four separate laws in New York State that now provide victims and survivors with a path to justice – including the Adult Survivors Act and the Gender Motivated Violence Act.

The DiPietro Law Firm is pushing for change in Utah’s sexual abuse laws.

We’re now seeking to hold the institutions accountable that enabled and covered up David Broadbent’s sexual exploitation and abuse.

Zero-Tolerance Policy for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Founder, Anthony T. DiPietro, Esq., has occasionally been asked by a victim or survivor about whether a certain type of sexual exploitation and abuse is “bad enough” to hold a predator or an institution accountable.

This is likely a result of the fact that many of the cases that Mr. DiPietro works on involve extreme forms of abuse such as CSA, illegal penetration, and illegal oral contact (we’re using general terms here in order to not be too graphic, as well as to avoid being censored by various internet algorithms).

However, other forms of abuse have involved early-stage sexual grooming involving inappropriate commentary, verbal and physical boundary violations, and over the clothes assaults and battery.

In Mr. DiPietro’s world, there is no acceptable level of sexual exploitation and abuse that he is willing—or any of us should be willing—to tolerate.

Mr. DiPietro explains that:

“There is no level of sexual exploitation and abuse that I’m willing to accept… Women who are just seeking out basic healthcare, should not have to endure any level of sexual exploitation and abuse. It’s not just about holding perpetrators accountable, it’s about making an example of them so that other institutions don’t allow the same thing to happen. That way our kids, grandkids, and generations to come, can grow up in a world that is better than the one we grew up in.”

We welcome your call at (212) 233-3600 and are looking forward to speaking with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

David Broadbent used his position of power to sexually abuse female patients under the guise of medical care.

Broadbent committed numerous acts of sexual assault on patients seeking proper medical care, manipulating victims into trusting him.

Broadbent committed the following:

  • Digital rape
  • Digital sodomy
  • Sexually Exploitative and abusive Pre-Marital exams (these are exams Broadbent knowingly used to sexually exploit women—because he knew that such victims would be unlikely to “report being abused” since it was often their first OBGYN exam and reporting what happened might make them appear dirty and not worthy of marriage)
  • Fondling/groping
  • Unnecessary/forced medical examinations
  • Sexual abuse
  • Inappropriate conduct and sexually charged comments

 

David Broadbent worked for several Utah health care providers, including:

  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • MountainStar Healthcare

Broadbent worked most recently at a private office.

The physician’s private clinic was located at 1355 N University Ave #130 in Provo, UT, and is listed on Google as permanently closed.

Yes, the 4th District Court judge in Provo dismissed without prejudice (meaning they can be re-filed) a group of sexual exploitation and abuse lawsuits filed against David Broadbent and his former employers, under the Utah Health Care Malpractice Act.

The ironic part about Judge Lunnen’s decision, is that the cases were intentionally not filed under the Act by the victims, since the cases involve sexual abuse—not malpractice.

However, it was the defense lawyers for Broadbent who argued to the court that:

“…the claims asserted in Plaintiffs against Defendant Dr. Broadbent constitute ‘a malpractice action against a healthcare provider’ as set forth in the Utah Healthcare Malpractice Act 78B-3-403(17) which states: ‘Malpractice action against a health care provider’ means any action against a health care provider, whether in contract, tort, breach of warranty, wrongful death, or otherwise, based upon alleged personal injuries relating to or arising out of health care rendered or which should have been rendered by the health care provider.”

Under Utah law, the Health Care Malpractice Act, states that anyone who seeks to bring “medical malpractice claims” must file a notice of intent, and participate in a non-binding pre-litigation hearing before the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

No such notice of intent was filed in these cases because sexual abuse is not a form of medical negligence (malpractice)—it’s just simply sexual abuse.

Sexual abuse does not arise “out of healthcare”.

Instead, sexual abuse arises directly out of “illegal activity and gross wickedness”—neither of which have anything to do with the sacred art, and science, of medical care and treatment.

Broadbent should not be allowed to cloak his sexual abuse of women under the guise of some form of medical care gone wrong.

Unfortunately, Judge Lunnen (who’s likely logged too few miles with his feet inside OB/GYN stirrups) concluded that the sexual abuse that these women endured in Broadbent’s office was a form of “medical malpractice”—and not a form of “sexual abuse”.

This is similar to saying that a child, who was abused inside a school, was subjected to a form of miseducation, and not a form of CSA.

Understandably, the victims’ attorneys have filed an appeal of the judge’s findings.

Resources for Sexual Exploitation & Abuse Survivors

We’re currently investigating this case and many other cases involving serial sexual predators.

As more information becomes available on our cases, we will share it on the The DiPietro Law Firm Twitter account (@atdipietro).

If you’re a survivor of sexual exploitation and abuse, please contact our Free Consultation Helpline for a 100% confidential and free consultation about your case at (212) 233-3600.

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About Anthony T. DiPietro

Founder Anthony T. DiPietro, Esq. is a compassionate and skilled trial attorney who has completely dedicated the past 23 years of his career to litigating medical malpractice and sexual abuse cases against major corporate institutions including hospitals, medical clinics, schools, and other wrongdoers.

Mr. DiPietro has also obtained some of New York State’s highest verdicts and settlements, and has been selected to New York State Super Lawyers® each year, for the past 10 years in a row.

In 2022, Mr. DiPietro was selected as one of America’s Top 100 High-Stakes Litigators for the landmark cases he’s won on behalf of survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse.

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