For the first time, a former big-time Hollywood executive, with a powerful Hollywood name, has come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of drugging and raping her in 1969, joining more than two-dozen other lesser known women with similar stories.
It’s the first time Cindra Ladd has spoken out, and the last, she says. She has no plans to sue. She doesn’t want money. She’s not calling a press conference or doing any interviews. She’s just telling “the truth,” she says.
Her story sounds all too familiar.
Ladd, a former film executive-turned-charity activist, and wife of producer Alan Ladd Jr., former president of Twentieth Century Fox and Chairman of MGM/UA , published a compelling essay in the Huffington Post Monday detailing what she says happened to her when she became friends with the married Cosby in New York in the late 1960s.
She was 21 and just getting started in the entertainment industry; he was 32 and and an international star.
They made a date to see a movie one night, but she arrived at an apartment (he said it belonged to a friend) with a bad headache. He offered her a capsule to take, she kept asking what is it. “Don’t you trust me?” he responded.
“Of course I did. This was Bill Cosby,” Ladd wrote. She can barely remember what happened next.
“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.”
She left quickly and cried all the way home. She never thought to go to the police; “date rape” was a concept that didn’t exist then, she wrote.
“Other than my roommate, I did not discuss that night with anyone for 36 years,” she wrote. She could never reconcile the image of “compassionate and honorable” Cosby with the man she said she encountered that night.
She went on to marry Ladd Jr., a film producer whose works include Blade Runner, The Right Stuff and Oscar-winning Braveheart and Chariots of Fire. She only told her husband about it nine years ago, when she was one of 13 women willing to testify in a lawsuit against Cosby by another accuser; that lawsuit was subsequently settled and no one testified.
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SOURCE: USA Today – Maria Puente