Cindra Ladd, the wife of well-known Hollywood executive Alan Ladd, Jr., is the latest woman to say she was drugged and then raped by Bill Cosby.
Ladd makes her accusations in an article she wrote in today’s Huffington Post. She says the incident happened in 1969.
Other than her roommate, she says she didn’t tell anyone about the assault for 36 years. Ladd adds, “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. 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.”
Then Ladd writes, “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 then addresses the issue of why she is publicly coming out at all: “The simple answer is that it’s the right thing to do. The truth deserves to be known. As I write this, more than 20 women have come forward, many with stories that are remarkably similar to mine. In response to these brave women, I have read comments like, ‘What took them so long?’ and ‘What are they after now’? I would ask these people to remember that up until relatively recently, prosecuting rape was a ‘he said/she said’ proposition where the victim was blamed for having worn ‘suggestive clothing’ or questioned as to why she went somewhere with her rapist.
“When this happened to me, the idea of drugging someone and raping them was almost fantastical. It was years before ‘date rape’ drugs made the news, but it was a perfect modus operandi for a predator, rendering his victim unconscious or so incapacitated as to be unable to clearly answer police questions about the incident. After having done a lot of work on myself, I realize that we are only as sick as the secrets we keep. Once those secrets are spoken aloud, even if to just one person, they lose their power. I no longer feel the shame that kept me silent. Yes, I could have told my story years ago, and in hindsight I probably should have. It’s time now that my voice be added and to finally pull the curtain back from this dark moment in my life.”
To read more about what Cindra Ladd has to say about this, we urge you to click here and read her entire piece.