Alan Ladd Jr.'s Wife Accuses Bill Cosby of Rape: "It Was Obvious … He Had Had Sex With Me"
Cindra Ladd is just the latest in a series of women who've accused the comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them.
The wife of film producer Alan Ladd Jr., Cindra Ladd, has joined the long list of women accusing Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them.
Ladd opened up about her experience with the comedian in a Huffington Post column published Monday, titled "Cosby: 'Trust Me.' " In the essay, the philanthropist and former film executive explains how she believes Cosby raped her on a date in 1969.
Ladd says she met Cosby when she was 21 and single while working for late film producer Ray Stark and began hanging out with him, even though the then-32-year-old comedian was already married. One night, she explains, she had a headache but didn't want to cancel on the comedian, with whom she was supposed to see a movie. That was when he gave her a mysterious pill and told her to trust him.
"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," Ladd writes. "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."
She claims that she finds it hard to remember exactly what happened that night. "I have a vague recollection of feeling like I was floating while walking through Times Square and watching some kind of Japanese samurai movie with him. I don't remember where the theater was nor very much of the evening," she writes.
But she does vividly recall waking up the next morning in bed at his friend's apartment. Cosby was wearing a white terrycloth robe and "act[ed] as if there was nothing unusual," Ladd writes.
"It was obvious to me that he had had sex with me," Ladd adds. "I was horrified, embarrassed and ashamed. There was a mirror above the bed, which shocked me further."
She goes on: "After some awkward small talk, I got out of there as fast as I could. Once in the elevator, I broke down crying, which I continued to do as I walked home to my apartment in the east 70s. It never occurred to me to go to the police. 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 says she found it hard to reconcile the star of The Cosby Show with the man she knew. She also explains that it took her a while to speak out about what happened, and even then, she didn't tell many people — until now.
"I only revealed nine years ago what happened that night to my husband of nearly 30 years after another woman went public with similar allegations and sued Cosby," Ladd writes. "I always thought I was the only one. I couldn't believe he had done this to others. 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. 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."
Ladd says that she's coming forward now because "it's the right thing to do. The truth deserves to be known."
Ladd's husband, Alan Ladd Jr., is a film producer whose credits include The Right Stuff, Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner and Braveheart. Alan Ladd Jr. also served as president of 20th Century Fox and chairman of MGM/UA.
Ladd is the latest in a long line of women to claim that Cosby drugged and/or sexually assaulted them, joining such high-profile accusers as supermodels Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson and Lou Ferrigno's wife, Carla.