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Wife Of US Presidential Hopeful Reveals Gynaecologist Sexually Assaulted Her

The wife of Democratic US presidential hopeful Andrew Yang has said she was sexually assaulted by her gynaecologist while she was pregnant with their first child.

Evelyn Yang has accused Doctor Robert Hadden of assaulting her at his New York practice in 2012.

The spouse of US presidential hopeful Andrew Yang has come forward in an exclusive interview with CNN to reveal how the OBGYN sexually abused her while she was seven months pregnant.

According to Yang, Hadden assaulted her in his examination room.

"I was dressed and ready to go," she told CNN. "Then, at the last minute, he kind of made up an excuse. He said something about 'I think you might need a C-section' and he proceeded to grab me over to him and undress me and examine me internally, ungloved."

Yang is one of 32 women suing Doctor Hadden – who has denied the allegations in a court document – as well as Columbia University, where he practised.

He was convicted of sexual assault in 2016 and surrendered his medical licence but did not serve any jail time after accepting a plea deal.

She said that she was encouraged to speak out by voters she spoke to during the campaign. 

"Something about being on the trail and meeting people and seeing the difference that we've been making already has moved me to share my own story about it, about sexual assault," Ms Yang revealed to CNN.

She said "everyone has their own Me Too story", referencing the global movement against sexual assault, but added, "not everyone has the audience or platform to tell their story".

Yang's husband Andrew, a tech entrepreneur, said he was "extraordinarily proud" of his wife.

"When victims of abuse come forward, they deserve our belief, support, and protection," Mr Yang said in a statement on Thursday.

"I hope that Evelyn's story gives strength to those who have suffered and sends a clear message that our institutions must do more to protect and respond to women."

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