Former Columbia University Gynecologist Facing New Sexual Abuse Allegations

Steve Burns
February 21, 2020 - 7:56 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A former Columbia University gynecologist is the subject of another investigation after more women have stepped forward to accuse him of sexual abuse.

Doctor Robert Hadden is being investigated by the Manhattan District Attorney's office after cutting a deal in 2016 despite facing charges relating to six women.

Hadden pleaded guilty to a single felony count, but served no jail time and registered as the lowest level sex offender.

The investigation comes just a month after Evelyn Yang, the wife of former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, stated publicly that she was one of Hadden's victims. 

"They said that regardless of how many counts he plead guilty to, that the punishment would be the same so it didn't matter," Yang said in a CNN interview last month.

About 40 women have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Hadden following Evelyn Yang's interview, Anthony T. DiPietro, the lead attorney in a 2018 lawsuit against Hadden and Columbia University said.

Initially, the lawsuit had 17 plaintiffs and that number has risen to over 65 women, including two who were teenagers when they say they were assaulted, DiPietro said.

Mr. Hadden did not respond to requests for comment. The lawyer who represented him in the earlier case, Isabelle Kirshner, is not currently representing him.

A spokesman for the DA's office says survivors' voices will be heard and the abuse they suffered will be thoroughly investigated.