A Utah gynecologist is being sued by 83 different women who claimed he sexually abused and battered them over the course of 40 years.
Dr. David H. Broadbent, 74, faces a civil suit from dozens of anonymous women regarding his work at his practice in Provo, a college town 45 miles south of Salt Lake City.
The allegations, which span four decades, included that he abused and battered women while examining them and preyed upon them for sexual pleasure, even moaning while doing it some cases.
The women suing in Utah’s 4th District said they felt ‘ashamed’, ‘disgusted’ and ‘vulnerable’ according to the suit.
One of the Jane Does, who goes by H.P., resembles many of the plaintiffs’ experience: She claims Broadbent, during an appointment in July 2020, pulled her by the legs without warning her in a sexual manner and then inserted a speculum.
According to H.P., he quickly removed the medical device and had only his fingers inside of her.
A Utah gynecologist, Dr. David H. Broadbent (pictured) is being sued by 83 different women who claimed he sexually abused and battered them over the course of 40 years
The allegations, which span four decades, included that Broadbent abused and battered women while examining them and preyed upon them for sexual pleasure
‘Dr. David H. Broadbent took advantage of his position, Plaintiffs’ vulnerability, and that relationship of trust as he sexually battered and abused Plaintiffs and numerous other women over the course of four decades,’ the suit claims.
This Jane Doe had little experience with gynecological exams and zero context for what Broadbent had done, so she continued seeing him at least two more times, when his behavior persisted, including mocking vaginal exams as he performed them.
Broadbent also joked that H.P. had not suffered a miscarriage when she actually had. Nurses apparently knew about Broadbent’s behavior, but did not interfere, the lawsuit claims.
The first time any of the victims realized the scope and length of Broadbent’s alleged misconduct was in 2021, when a patient told a doctor on a podcast about what he had done, leading to a wave of women from across the state who had experienced similar things.
One patient alleges Broadbent unnecessarily ‘manually remove[d] her placenta’ after giving birth, which caused her ‘extreme pain.’ Another claims he joked that she must be a virgin based on how she responded to his touch.
Broadbent, 74, faces a civil suit from the dozens of Jane Does regarding his work at his practice in Provo, a college town 45 miles south of Salt Lake City
Many of the victims claim that the nurses did not get in his way, with one merely rolling her eyes.
His treatment was so bad that, when in 2010 a patient was scheduled to deliver a baby with him, she screamed ‘don’t let him touch me!’
The lawsuit was filed against Broadbent in February with just four plaintiffs, with 46 more Jane Does joining shortly after.
A second, ‘sister’ suit was filed Tuesday, listing 33 more women who say they were patients between 1979 and 2022.
David C. Epperson, a lawyer representing Broadbent, has said the allegations are bogus.
‘Dr. Broadbent categorically denies all of the allegations of wrongdoing that are asserted in this lawsuit,’ Epperson said in a March statement. ‘Medical ethics prevent Dr. Broadbent from saying anything more, but he believes that time will prove that the charges in this lawsuit have no basis.’
Broadbent, the Utah Valley Hospital and Intermountain Healthcare are the defendants in the case. They have all asked a judge to dismiss the suit and argue plaintiffs should file their complaints via a state malpractice law.
The firm, Gross & Rooney, who represent the Jane Does, said their reasoning is incorrect because ‘sexual abuse is not health care’ and Broadbent’s alleged acts are ‘deserving of an orange jumpsuit, not the protection of a white coat.’