Supermodel Beverly Johnson has spoken out, claiming that in the 1980s Bill Cosby drugged her at his home during her audition for ‘The Cosby Show’ and attempted to sexually assault her. She shared details of the alleged incident in Vanity Fair.
The 62-year-old Beverly Johnson is the latest to come forward with allegations against the comedy icon. Along with fellow supermodel Janice Dickinson, who has given numerous television interviews, she is the most well-known of the women who have spoken out. As the first black woman ever to appear on Vogue magazine in 1974, she made history, and has, for decades been a trailblazer as a supermodel and later as an entrepreneur.
Johnson has chosen to share her story via Vanity Fair. In a lengthy and highly detailed article, she speaks about the alleged incident which occurred in the 1980s, more than 30 years ago.
She explained that she was at Bill Cosby’s brownstone in New York City for the audition. She set the stage for the alleged event by saying, “Cosby said he wanted to see how I handled various scenes, so he suggested that I pretend to be drunk.”
She went on to say, “As I readied myself to be the best drunk I could be, he offered me a cappuccino from the espresso machine.” She noted that she turned down the drink, telling him she didn’t want to drink coffee so late in the afternoon and went on to say, ” He wouldn’t let it go. 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.”
Beverly Johnson then said that she took just one sip of the drink and she soon knew she had been “drugged good.” She went on to say, “My head became woozy, my speech became slurred, and the room began to spin nonstop. Cosby motioned for me to come over to him as though we were really about to act out the scene. He put his hands around my waist, and I managed to put my hand on his shoulder in order to steady myself.”
Continuing her details account, she said, “As I felt my body go completely limp, my brain switched into automatic-survival mode. That meant making sure Cosby understood that I knew exactly what was happening at that very moment.’
She said that she told Cosby, “You are a motherf—– aren’t you?” She went on to say that she shouted the expletive several more times. She then said that “what happened next is somewhat cloudy for me because the drug was in fuller play by that time.”
She described a violent encounter, saying, “I recall his seething anger at my tirade and then him grabbing me by my left arm hard and yanking all 110 pounds of me down a bunch of stairs as my high heels clicked and clacked on every step. I feared my neck was going to break with the force he was using to pull me down those stairs.”
She went on to describe how he took her outside and into the middle of the street and, still grabbing her tightly, hailed a taxi. She said, “When one stopped, Cosby opened the door, shoved me into it and slammed the door behind me without ever saying a word.”
Beverly Johnson also spoke about why she had kept silent about the alleged incident for all these years, saying, ““In the end, just like the other women, I had too much to lose to go after Bill Cosby. 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 on going court fees.”
And she spoke of why she decided now to join the more than two dozen women who have publicly spoken out, claiming that Bill Cosby drugged, raped, and/or sexually assaulted them.
She spoke of what was obviously a deeply agonizing decision to come forward, saying, “I watched in horror as my longtime friend and fellow model Janice Dickinson was raked over the coals for telling her account of rape at Cosby’s hands. Over the years I’ve met other women who also claim to have been violated by Cosby. Many are still afraid to speak up. I couldn’t sit back and watch the other women be vilified and shamed for something I knew was true.”
Beverly Johnson’s story was published in its entirety at Vanity Fair and can be seen here. The publication notes that as of press time, that Bill Cosby’s lawyers or other representatives had not responded.