An Overview of the Dr. Robbert Hadden Case
Dr. Robert Hadden, a former Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital-affiliated gynecologist, sexually abused countless women under the pretext of medical care for over 20 years.
In 2016, after a two-year-long investigation, Robert Hadden was charged with multiple sex crimes but evaded prison time and was placed on the lowest tier of the sexual offender’s list.
The forgoing of a prison sentence was due to his confession before the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and surrendering his medical license.
The shocking nature of the crimes, coupled with the extremely lenient sentencing, opened the floodgates for the horror stories of adult survivors under his care.
The number of women coming forward culminated in civil lawsuits filed against Columbia by the DiPietro Law Firm on behalf of the victims.
These civil actions, led by our firm, resulted in over $236 million paid to victims by Columbia University and its affiliates.
In January 2023, federal prosecutors of the Manhattan Federal Court found former Columbia University gynecologist Robert Hadden guilty of multiple counts of sexual abuse, and he now faces life in prison.
Who Can File a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Columbia University?
Hundreds of former patients have already come forward, including multiple women who were minors when they saw Hadden and women who were pregnant when they saw Hadden.
These victims have attested to forcible touching and other acts of sexual abuse from the former Columbia University gynecologist.
If Robert Hadden victimized you, you are eligible to file a lawsuit.
Seek justice with us and file your case if:
- You were Hadden’s patient between 1987 and 2016.
- You were the victim of inappropriate comments, forcible touching, or any other sexual misconduct.
- At some point, Hadden offered to medically examine you even if there was no reason to do so.
- You were enticed to visit any of his medical offices in New York.
Many women have reached out and asked if they needed to be residents of New York to file their cases.
If you’re wondering the same thing, the answer is no.
You can be from outside New York and file a claim.
Robert Hadden has been criminally charged with enticing and inducing victims to travel to his New York medical offices, with a number of victims being coerced into traveling from outside the state of New York to be seen at his practice.
The New York Adult Survivors Act
Before 2022, New York had a statute of limitations for sexual abuse and sexual assault.
Under the old laws, the statute of limitations was two years for a misdemeanor like forced touching.
For federal charges or felonies involving sexual abuse, the statute of limitations was longer, lasting five years.
Under the old statutes, more than 150 sex abuse victims have filed lawsuits and won.
However, many others were ineligible to file lawsuits against the now-defamed Robert Hadden due to the expiration of their claims.
That changed in November 2022.
On November 24, 2022, the New York Adult Survivors Act was enacted.
Under the newly passed Adult Survivors Act, survivors of sexual abuse can file lawsuits against their abusers regardless of when the abuse occurred.
With the new law taking effect retroactively, Hadden’s past victims are eligible to file lawsuits.
It doesn’t matter if the criminal sex act occurred in 1987 or 2021.
Everyone victimized by Robert Hadden can file suit.
Contact The DiPietro Law Firm for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one suffered sexual abuse by Robert Hadden, you are eligible to file a legal claim anonymously.
In addition, those who witnessed Hadden’s abuse are encouraged to share their stories or reports about what they’ve seen or heard.
If you decide to contact us regarding Robert Hadden’s sexual abuse, confidentiality is 100% GUARANTEED.
We understand the pain you’re going through, and our staff is sensitive to your needs as a victim or whistleblower.
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 two different laws that provide new victims and survivors with a path to justice – including the Adult Survivors Act and the Gender Motivated Violence Act
Our firm is working diligently to hold Columbia University, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and any other institution complicit in Robert Hadden’s sexual abuse liable for the harm they’ve caused.