17 Women Sue Columbia U, NY-Presbyterian Over Alleged Sex Abuse By Ex-Doctor

December 06, 2018 - 10:15 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Over a dozen women are suing Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital over alleged abuse by a former doctor.

As WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reports, Marissa Hoechstetter, one of 17 plaintiffs in the lawsuit, told CBS News Dr. Robert Hadden sexually abused her in his Midtown office while she was pregnant with twins and in 2012 about a year after giving birth.

In total, at least 22 women are involved in lawsuits related to the case, CBS News reported.

"When I look back on it it's a horrible memory," Hoechstetter said. "There was a time when I would look at my daughters and almost resent them for the reason that I was seeing this person in the first place at all."

The lawsuit claims medical staff were aware of Hadden's abuse for decades. "There are nurses who have reported this behavior going back to the 90s. They have a real responsibility to answer questions," Hoechstetter said.

Hadden lost his medical license two years ago after pleading guilty to abusing two female patients at his Upper West Side and Washington Heights offices, Diamond reported. But he avoided jail time and under the terms of an agreement with the Manhattan DA, he cannot be criminally charged again, Diamond reported.

Hoechstetter is the only plaintiff who chose to reveal her name, CBS News reported

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, according to CBS News.