Another high-profile woman has come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of rape, joining Beverly Johnson, Janice Dickinson and over 30 others to claim sexual misconduct by the sitcom icon.
Philanthropist and former entertainment executive Cindra Ladd, wife of producer Alan Ladd Jr., wrote an op-ed on the Huffington Post Monday accusing Cosby of drugging and raping her back in 1969.
“It was obvious to me that he had had sex with me,” she wrote. “I was horrified, embarrassed and ashamed. There was a mirror above the bed, which shocked me further.”
Ladd said she met Cosby while he was married and she was a single, 21-year-old New York City resident. She said she gave him her number willingly and the two started hanging out, eating hot dogs together and sharing pizza.
One night they were supposed to see a movie, but she said she had a “terrible headache.” He offered her a pill.
“I asked a couple of times what it was,” she wrote. “Each time he reassured me, asking, ‘Don’t you trust me?’ Of course I did. This was Bill Cosby.”
After that, she said her memory was a blur. She vaguely recalled watching a Japanese samurai movie, but not much else.
“I don’t remember where the theater was nor very much of the evening,” she wrote. “What I do recall, vividly and clearly, is waking up the next morning nude in the bed of his friend’s apartment and seeing Cosby wearing a white terrycloth bathrobe and acting as if there was nothing unusual.”
She said she was in disbelief after the incident, but didn’t alert the authorities. “It never occurred to me to go to the police,” she wrote. “It was a different time and ‘date rape’ was a concept that didn’t exist."
Ladd thought she was the only woman who Cosby had assaulted until other women started coming forward.
“I told my story to our attorney, who is also a good friend, because I was considering going public then, but eventually chose not to because the case was settled,” she wrote. “This is the first time I have chosen to speak out about that night. It is also the last time I intend to address it publicly.
“I have no plans to sue, I don’t want or need money. I have no plans for a press conference or for doing any interviews,” she added.
Ladd said she had ran into Cosby once since then. “In the years since that night I have crossed paths with Cosby only once, when my husband, a highly successful Oscar-winning film executive and producer, introduced me to him,” she wrote. “I was shaking, wondering if he would recognize me by my unusual first name. His reaction spoke volumes. To Bill Cosby, I was just another stranger.”
Cosby, who has seen his empire crumble in the past several weeks as accusations mount, has consistently denied any claims against his behavior. His wife, Camille Cosby, and daughter, Evin Cosby, have spoken out in his support, as have several of his Cosby Show co-stars.
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