Ex-Columbia University Gynecologist, Robert A. Hadden, has been arrested and charged for Sexually Abusing Patients
Robert Hadden, 62, was arrested on September 9, 2020, and charged with six counts of enticing and inducing women, including one minor, to travel interstate to engage in illegal sexual activity. The federal indictment that was unsealed revealed that the abuse spans over a nearly 20-year period, and that he “sexually abused dozens of female patients, including multiple minors, under the guise of conducting purported gynecological and obstetric examinations” at medical offices and hospitals in New York. “Hadden used his position as a medical doctor at Columbia University to make or to attempt to make his victims believe that the sexual abuse he inflicted on them was appropriate and medically necessary”.
The Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss, stated in a press release that “the allegations show that Hadden acted as a predator in a white coat.”
The sexual abuse inflicted by Doctor Robert Hadden included, among other things:
the allegations show that Hadden acted as a predator in a white coat
The Patients He Abused
One of the minor girls that he sexually abused, Hadden had himself delivered.
A former patient warned Columbia University about Hadden’s behavior back in the mid-1990s, having written a letter to officials that spelled out Hadden’s abuse towards her. She only received a letter back from the head of the hospital’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology unit acknowledging receipt of her letter and that they would be addressing her concerns. Now a lawsuit has been filed against Columbia University claiming that they “actively concealed, conspired, and enabled” Dr. Robert Hadden’s sexual exploitation.
Evelyn Yang, the wife of former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, has come forward and shared that she was sexually assaulted by Hadden in 2012 when she was seven months pregnant with her first child.
How He Avoided Prison Initially
In 2012, Hadden was accused of sexual abuse by 19 patients; but, accepted a plea deal in 2016 from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office that allowed him to avoid prison time. In return, Hadden pleaded guilty to a single felony count of third-degree criminal sexual contact and a misdemeanor count of forcible touching and agreed to forfeit his medical license.
After his plea deal, dozens of women have now come forward with accusations against him. As of February this year, more than 70 women have joined lawsuits after having been abused by Robert Hadden.