Another Model Says Cosby Drugged Her

Supermodel Beverly Johnson recounts her experience
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2014 1:27 PM CST
Updated Dec 12, 2014 12:01 AM CST
Another Model Says Cosby Drugged Her
This July 18, 2012 photo shows model Beverly Johnson in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Supermodel Beverly Johnson—the first black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue, back in 1974—has stepped forward as the latest woman to accuse Bill Cosby of drugging her. It was the mid-1980s, she writes in Vanity Fair, and Cosby wanted her to audition for a small role on The Cosby Show. She was invited to a taping of the show and met with Cosby afterward, leaving "on cloud nine." After another taping, Cosby asked her to come to his home and read for the part, bringing her daughter along. That visit went well, but on the next one, Johnson was alone. After dinner, Cosby took her upstairs and offered her a cappuccino from his espresso machine before she started reading for the part. Though she didn't want one, Johnson writes, Cosby insisted, and she finally took a few sips. "I knew by the second sip of the drink Cosby had given me that I’d been drugged—and drugged good," she writes.

"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," she writes. But she wanted to make sure "Cosby understood that I knew exactly what was happening at that very moment," so she yelled at him that he was a "motherf---er" until he got angry. Her memory is cloudy because of the drug, Johnson writes, but she knows Cosby grabbed her by the arm and pulled her downstairs, waved down a taxi, and shoved her inside without saying anything. "In the end, just like the other women, I had too much to lose to go after Bill Cosby," she writes. "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." But now, she says, she can't let Cosby's other accusers be "vilified and shamed for something I knew was true." Click for her full piece. (More Bill Cosby stories.)

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