Columbia University Irving Medical Center (“CUIMC”) and New York-Presbyterian Hospital (“NYP”) announced on December 1, 2021 that they have reached an agreement with 79 women who were patients of former gynecologist Robert Hadden (“Hadden”). The women alleged that Hadden sexually abused them. Hadden has been convicted of a felony and was awaiting trial on federal charges.
Hadden was convicted in 2016 in New York state court following a guilty plea to a criminal sex act in the third degree and forcible touching, and was required to surrender his medical license. Hadden was awaiting trial in federal court on seven criminal counts of bringing women across state lines for the purpose of sexual abuse from 1993 to 2012. Hadden has not practiced medicine since August 2012.
The settlement agreement established a compensation fund of $71,495,000 to be distributed under the direction of an independent special master jointly selected by the parties. CUIMC and NYP continue to work to resolve outstanding claims with additional former patients.
Approximately 200 women have accused 63-year-old Hadden with sexually molesting them. Many of the alleged victims accuse Hadden of increasingly intrusive examinations after he gained their trust.
Two of the victims posted a statement after the settlement was announced in which they stated, in part: “We know that Hadden is a convicted felon. We know that women reported this abuse going back as far as 1993. We know that whistleblower nurses have come forward only to be silenced and dismissed. We know that Columbia has been hiding victims for years with NDAs. We know that Hadden was allowed to continue to practice even after being arrested in his office for sexual assault. We know that the university used their influence to get him a sweetheart deal from the Manhattan DA. We know that Hadden was federally indicted for multiple counts of sexual abuse against minors just last year and that the case is still ongoing. We know that Columbia continues to protect him even now, by forcing women in the settlement to drop their cases against Hadden, specifically, independent of the University.”
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