Supermodel Beverly Johnson Accuses Bill Cosby Of Drugging Her
|Supermodel Beverly Johnson Accuses Bill Cosby Of Drug Her|
Legendary supermodel Beverly Johnson claims that she was once drugged by Bill Cosby in the mid-'80s.
She met the famed cast and Cosby, and said that the once-beloved comedian seemed "genuinely" interested in helping her get to "the next level."
Johnson was the first black woman to appear on the cover of American Vogue in 1974.
Here’s what else she says in part:
Looking back, that first invite from Cosby to his home seems like part of a perfectly laid out plan, a way to make me feel secure with him at all times.
It worked like a charm.
Cosby suggested I come back to his house a few days later to read for the part.
I agreed, and one late afternoon the following week I returned.
Cosby said he wanted to see how I handled various scenes, so he suggested that I pretend to be drunk…
He insisted that his espresso machine was the best model on the market and promised I’d never tasted a cappuccino quite like this one…
It’s nuts, I know, but it felt oddly inappropriate arguing with Bill Cosby so I took a few sips of the coffee just to appease him…
My head became woozy, my speech became slurred, and the room began to spin nonstop... she remembers before being kicked out of his New York brownstone and being shoved into a taxi.
Once the pyschotropic drugs wore off, Johnson decided she needed to confront Cosby, so she called the private number he’d given her.
His wife, Camille, answered the phone.
Although she was very polite, she informed Johnson it was late and they were in bed.
"At a certain moment it became clear that I would be fighting a losing battle with a powerful man so callous he not only drugged me, but he also gave me the number to the bedroom he shared with his wife," Johnson writes.
"How could I fight someone that boldly arrogant and out of touch?
I had a career that would no doubt take a huge hit if I went public with my story and I certainly couldn't afford that after my costly divorce and ongoing court fees."
After decades of silence, Johnson says she's only now telling her story after hearing other women's allegations, including Barbara Bowman and her friend, fellow supermodel Janice Dickinson.
"Over the years I've met other women who also claim to have been violated by Cosby.
Many are still afraid to speak up," she says.
"I couldn't sit back and watch the other women be vilified and shamed for something I knew was true."