More than 85 women have filed a class action lawsuit against a Boston doctor over allegations of repeated sexual assaults.
Dr. Derrick Todd faces three separate lawsuits – including a class action suit launched by over 85 women.
WBZ-4 reported, “The number of women joining the third lawsuit stands at more than 85 and is expected to rise further, the plaintiffs’ attorney told CBS News on Thursday afternoon.”
Todd is a prominent rheumatologist, who was previously employed at Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital before the damning accusations.
The dozens of women accused Todd of repeated sexual assaults stemming from unnecessary exams that were “performed for his own sexual gratification,” according to the class action lawsuit filed in Suffolk County Superior Court. The lawsuit notes that “these horrifying, traumatizing, and deplorable acts” took place “from at least as far back as 2011 and continuing through July 2023.”
The alleged victims allege in the lawsuit that Dr. Todd performed “inappropriate pelvic examinations, breast examinations, and rectal examinations.”
Mimi DiTrani – a former patient who filed a lawsuit against Todd – told CBS Boston that the rheumatologist opted for repeated gynecological exams and breast exams instead of conducting MRIs on her bones for her autoimmune rheumatological health issues.
“Her lawsuit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, alleges Todd asked her a series of ‘inappropriate, invasive, and exploitative questions’ about her appearance and sexual history,” according to the Boston Globe. “Todd often examined DiTrani without a chaperone present, and frequently texted her at all hours of the day, according to the suit.”
The suit states that during follow-up appointments Todd asked her “inappropriate sexual questions, made sexualized comments, performed sexualized breast examinations, and performed sexualized gynecological examinations that included digital penetration, all under the guise of medical treatment.”
DiTraini accused hospitals for missing “warning signs” about Todd’s alleged misconduct, and sued Brigham and Women’s, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Mass General Brigham Community Physicians Inc., and Charles River Medical Associates.
The lawsuit accuses the hospital systems of allowing Todd’s alleged sexual abuse to occur while failing their duty to “hire, supervise, manage, oversee, and retain competent medical providers who refrained from assault and inappropriate examinations of patients.”
After learning of the sexual assault accusations, Brigham & Women’s Hospital placed Todd on administrative leave while the hospital investigated the allegations. Todd left the hospital on July 31. The hospital notified his former patients, the Department of Public Health, and the Board of Registration in Medicine.
Lubin & Meyer attorney Robert Higgins told CBS Boston, “This is criminal. He’s a predator. It’s no different than somebody sexually assaulting someone after a bar.”
Todd’s attorney, Ingrid S. Martin, said the doctor has been “fully cooperative” with all investigations and that “these allegations will be proven to be without merit.”
The case files have been sealed pending a hearing on Oct. 17.
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