Robert Hadden Sexual Abuse Lawsuit | Dr. Hadden Lawsuit

Overview of the Robert Hadden Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

Robert Hadden, a disgraced Obstetrician-Gynecologist (OB/GYN) who worked for Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, was criminally convicted in 2016 of sexually exploiting and abusing patients under the guise of medical care.

Hadden used his position of authority and trust to sexually exploit women and girls for nearly 25 years as a Columbia University physician.

All the while, Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital administrators turned their backs and ignored reports of Hadden’s abuse, gaslighting patients and the public.

While hundreds of Hadden’s victims have already come forward, thousands of other women have not yet had their day in court.

Even though a State Agency directed that all of Hadden’s patients be notified of his criminal conviction, Columbia University has refused to notify thousands of patients that Hadden lost his license due to sexual misconduct he committed throughout his career.

We believe the women and girls who were exposed to Hadden deserve to be informed, and they deserve their day in court.

They deserve the opportunity to hold the University accountable for this cover-up.

You may be eligible to file a Robert Hadden sexual abuse lawsuit if you or a loved one experienced sexual exploitation or abuse by Robert Hadden at Columbia University or its affiliated hospitals between 1987 and 2016.

Our goal is to hold Columbia University accountable for the abuse they allowed Robert Hadden to commit so that this kind of thing isn’t allowed to happen again.

If you have information about Hadden’s abuse—or Columbia’s decades-long cover-up—please get in touch with us at (212) 233-3600.

We promise total confidentiality and 100% anonymity.

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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Robert Hadden Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Lawsuit Updates

  • October 19, 2023 Update:

    The DiPietro Law Firm has filed a Class Action case against Columbia University and Robert Hadden on October 19, 2023. This is important news because it extends the statute of limitations under the New York State Adult Survivors Act for all patients who were exposed to Robert Hadden. No matter when you were exposed to OB/GYN Robert Hadden, you can join the lawsuit against Columbia University and Hadden—and still get the benefit of the October 2023 filing date with our law firm. That means, the Adult Survivors Act window has been extended just for you, and others like you! You have plenty of options available. Call The DiPietro Law Firm, to join the lawsuits against Columbia and Hadden at (212) 233-3600. All calls are 100% free and confidential.

  • January 24, 2023 Update:

    Robert Hadden has been convicted on four federal charges. He now faces life in prison.

    The fight to hold those accountable for the abuse of women and girls for decades at Columbia University’s medical facilities is not over. The DiPietro Law Firm is filing a new round of lawsuits against the institutions that enabled Robert Hadden.

    Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.

  • October 6, 2022 Update:

    The DiPietro Law Firm secured a record-setting $165 million dollar settlement against Columbia University and its related entities (Over $1.1 million on a per-person case average).

    This settlement, added to an earlier settlement of over $ 71 million, brings Mr. DiPietro’s clients a total recovery of over $ 236 million against Columbia University and Robert Hadden.

    But there is more work to be done. Columbia University has refused to notify thousands of its patients about Hadden’s history of exploitation and abuse, and countless other women are continuing the fight to hold Columbia accountable.

    Even if you’re just learning about Columbia and Hadden’s cover-up for the first time, there is still time.

    New York’s Adult Survivors Act is going into effect now.

    Call us to learn more about what we’re doing to increase patient safety, spread awareness about Columbia’s thirty-year cover-up, and hold Columbia accountable at (212) 233-3600.

    If you were subjected to sexually inappropriate commentary, touching, testing, examinations, grooming or sexual abuse by Robert Hadden at Columbia University between 1987 and 2016 — or have information to report about the sexual exploitation and abuse of patients — please contact us at (212) 233-3600.

  • June 12, 2022 Update:

    Over 236 women and girls have come forward to report abuse by Columbia-Presbyterian sexual predator OB/GYN Robert Hadden.

    The total number of women and girls who are affected is currently unknown, but is believed to be in the thousands.

    Despite being a known sexual predator, Columbia University allowed Hadden to perform repeated PAP smears and other invasive procedures on unsuspecting women and children for no legitimate medical purpose.

    Patients were often tricked into scheduling appointments with Hadden multiple times a year, while being told by Hadden they needed invasive testing for various made-up medical conditions.

    Countless patients were exploited in this manner, along with their health insurance companies, and thousands of women may still not know it happened to them.

    Despite being ordered to inform Hadden’s patients that he no longer had a medical license, Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital have concealed all of it from the public.

    If you were subjected to sexually inappropriate commentary, touching, testing, examinations, or sexual abuse by Robert Hadden at Columbia University between 1987 and 2016 — or have information to report about the sexual exploitation and abuse of patients — please contact us at (212) 233-3600.

About the Hadden Sexual Assault Cases

With the help of Columbia University, Robert Hadden has become the most prolific serial sexual predator in New York’s history.

The sexual felon recorded over 30,000 patient visits during his tenure at Columbia and NYP Hospital.

During this time, Hadden sexually exploited and abused single women, married women, pregnant women, recent mothers, and minors—including those he had previously delivered.

Hadden routinely attempted to conceal his sexual abuse as medically necessary procedures. 

Hadden often gained his patients’ trust by sexually grooming them during their visits to Columbia’s medical clinics.

Hadden Performed Unnecessary ‘Examinations’ to Gain Access to His Patients’ Bodies

Many of the “examinations” that Hadden required were wholly medically unnecessary and performed simply to gain access to their bodies.

One such example was his insistence that women return to see him every couple of months so that he could perform PAP smears for what he cryptically referred to as “your condition.”

Countless women assumed their condition was potentially life-threatening, such as cancer or pre-cancer.

However, a review of hundreds of patient medical records has revealed that no such condition ever existed.

Instead, the only reason that Hadden was targeting these patients was so that he could digitally rape them regularly.

Hadden’s 2016 Conviction and 2020 Arrest

After Hadden was convicted of committing multiple sexual assaults by the Manhattan District Attorney in 2016, he was arrested again in September 2020.

He was charged with six federal counts of “enticing and inducing patients to travel interstate” – so that he could abuse them by engaging in illegal sexual activity under the guise of medical care and treatment.

On January 24, 2023, Robert Hadden was convicted on four of the six counts. Each of these charges carry a maximum of 20 years in prison, meaning he will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss has stated:

“As alleged, between 1993 and 2012, Robert Hadden sexually abused dozens of women and girls during Ob/Gyn examinations at his medical offices in Manhattan.

Hadden allegedly used the examinations of his victims for his own sexual gratification, abusing dozens of victims over a nearly 20-year period, including multiple minor girls, one of whom Hadden had himself delivered.

The allegations show that Hadden acted as a predator in a white coat.

He allegedly used the cover of conducting medical examinations to engage in sexual abuse that he passed off as normal and medically necessary when it was neither normal nor necessary – it was criminal.

I want to thank and commend the brave women who were willing to come forward to tell us what happened to them, without whom these charges could not have been brought.”

Robert Hadden Convicted, Columbia University OBGYN Convicted of Sexual Abuse

Columbia University and its Administrators Enabled & Covered Up Robert Hadden's Sexual Abuse for Decades

It is virtually impossible for one individual to single-handedly sexually exploit and abuse thousands of people.

As we’ve seen in similar cases, it takes a village—of idiots—to help conceal the sexual abuse from patients and the public at large.