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Former film executive Cindra Ladd accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault

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Cindra Ladd
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Another woman has stepped forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

In an essay for the Huffington Post, former film executive Cindra Ladd recalled her experiences with Cosby in 1969, when she was working for the late film producer Ray Stark. At age 21, Ladd began to hang out with a 32-year-old Cosby, until one night, when she alleges that he drugged and assaulted her.

“For more than 45 years I have tried to recall exactly what happened that night. To this day it remains a blur. 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,” Ladd writes, before adding: “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. 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.”

In her piece, Ladd goes on to address her reasoning for waiting so long to speak publicly on the matter: “The simple answer is that it’s the right thing to do. The truth deserves to be known.”

She continued: “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.”

Now, Ladd writes that she doesn’t intend to ever address the night publicly again. She doesn’t have any plans to sue or even participate in interviews.