Philanthropist Ladd latest Bill Cosby accuser; Bakersfield show canceled

Former entertainment exec is latest woman to step forward with accusations of sexual assault against Cosby

A philanthropist and former entertainment exec has become the latest in a string of  alleged victims to accuse entertainer Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

The accusation by Cindra Ladd, the wife of former 20th Century Fox President Alan Ladd Jr., came on the same day that the entertainer pulled out of another scheduled concert performance, this time in Bakersfield. 

Cosby has canceled several scheduled dates since the scandal broke late last year, and his Feb. 12 concert at the Fox Theatre would have been the closest appearance to Los Angeles since the controversy erupted.

In an essay posted to the Huffington Post on Monday, Ladd wrote that she first met Cosby in 1969 in New York when she was a 21-year-old single woman working for the late film producer Ray Stark. She said Cosby at that time was a 32-year-old "nationally known performer, and "one of the most likeable and popular entertainers in the business."

Ladd wrote that Cosby asked for her number, and she gave it to him. The two began hanging out, going to movies and eating snacks in her apartment with her roommate in their apartment. "He was married to his current wife and he acted like a perfect gentleman who didn't come on to either of us, which, I have to admit, made me wonder what his objective was," she wrote.

She said she met him one night before a movie outing at an apartment that he said belonged to a friend of his. After she complained of a terrible headache, Cosby told her he had a "miracle cure" given to him by a doctor. He gave her a capsule, saying she could trust him.

Ladd wrote that she doesn't recall exactly what happened because it remains "a blur." But she said she awoke the following morning nude in bed at the friend's apartment, and Cosby was wearing a white terry cloth bathrobe: "It was obvious that he had had sex with me."

She said she never went to the police because it was a "different time and 'date rape' was a concept that did not exist."

Ladd wrote that she came forward after hearing other women with similar stories about Cosby. Saying she was speaking out because "it's the right thing to do," she added in the post that she would not address the matter again: "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."

Representatives for Cosby did not respond immediately for comment. The entertainer has previously denied such accusations.

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