And there's more. Former Hollywood executive Cindra Ladd, the wife of Oscar-winning producer and former MGM Chair Alan Ladd Jr., is the latest woman to come forward and accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Ladd wrote about her alleged experience in a detailed essay published Monday, Jan. 26, on The Huffington Post, claiming that the incident occurred in the '60s.
Ladd — whose husband has produced films like Blade Runner, Braveheart, and Chariots of Fire — has a very similar story to the dozens of women who have come forward accusing the beleaguered comedian, 77, of assault claims. For the former exec, the incident took place more than four decades ago in 1969, when she was a young working woman in NYC.
"I met Bill Cosby while working in New York for the late film producer Ray Stark," Ladd wrote. "I was a 21-year-old single woman in the world’s most exciting city. He was a 32-year-old internationally known comedian and television star, one of the most likable and popular entertainers in the business. He asked for my number and I gave it to him."
Ladd said the relationship started off rather innocently. "We began hanging out, took in a movie, watched television and ate pizza and hot dogs in my apartment with my roommate," she wrote. "He was married to his current wife [Camille Cosby] and he acted like a perfect gentleman who didn't come on to either of us."
His polite and unusual behavior, though, made Ladd speculate the beloved TV actor's intentions. "I have to admit," she wrote. "[It] made me wonder what his objective was."
Ladd supposedly soon discovered his intentions. "One night we were going out to a movie," she wrote. "We agreed to meet at an apartment that he said belonged to a friend of his. I had a terrible headache but didn't want to cancel the evening. He told me he had a miracle cure his doctor had given him that would get rid of the headache. He went into another room and came back with a capsule. I asked a couple of times what it was. Each time he reassured me, asking, 'Don't you trust me?' Of course I did. This was Bill Cosby."
What instead happened was that Ladd allegedly woke up the next morning with a "vague recollection of feeling like I was floating" through the previous evening's events. "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 wrote. "It was obvious to me that he had had sex with me. I was horrified, embarrassed and ashamed. There was a mirror above the bed, which shocked me further."
Ladd wrote that she fled the apartment after some "awkward small talk" and subsequently "broke down crying" in the elevator on her way out. "It never occurred to me to go to the police," she reflected. "It was a different time and 'date rape' was a concept that didn't exist. I just kept asking myself over and over in disbelief why this had happened to me. Other than my roommate, I did not discuss that night with anyone for 36 years."
She explained why she's finally decided to break her silence on the matter. "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," Ladd wrote. "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. So why speak out at all and why now? The simple answer is that it's the right thing to do. The truth deserves to be known."
More than 20 women have come forward accusing Cosby of assault, including former '80s supermodels Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson.
While Cosby continues to deny accusations and receives support from his Cosby Show costars, his career has certainly experienced a hit from the numerous claims. This past year, his NBC comedy project was pulled by the network and Netflix also axed a stand-up special that was intended to honor his long and illustrious career.
Ladd concluded her essay by recalling a time when she ran into Cosby at an event many decades later. "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."
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