Former Hollywood executive Cindra Ladd, the wife of “Braveheart” producer Alan Ladd Jr., alleges that embattled comedian Bill Cosby drugged and raped her in 1969.
In a first-person piece for The Huffington Post on Monday, Ladd said she met Cosby when she was a 21-year-old single woman working for the late film producer Ray Stark in New York City. She and Cosby, then 32 and married, became friendly and at first he acted like a “perfect gentleman.”
His behavior changed, Ladd alleges, when she met him one night at his friend’s apartment before they were supposed to see a movie. She said she told the TV legend she had a “terrible headache.”
“He told me he had a miracle cure his doctor had given him that would get rid of the headache,” Ladd wrote. “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.”
Ladd said she woke up naked in bed, while Cosby wore a white terrycloth robe. “It was obvious to me that he had had sex with me,” she said. “I was horrified, embarrassed and ashamed. There was a mirror above the bed, which shocked me further.”
Over the last several months, more than 15 women have come forward accusing Cosby of sexual assault, including former models Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson.
The 77-year-old comedian, who has denied a multitude of allegations through his attorney, continues to travel and perform at venues keeping their doors open, including locations in Colorado and California. Cosby recently released a statement saying his career is “far from finished.”