Supermodel Beverly Johnson Says Bill Cosby Drugged & Assaulted Her Too

It seems not a day goes by without another woman coming out and saying that beloved icon Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her. The latest is legendary supermodel Beverly Johnson. Johnson was the first African-American woman to appear on Vogue's cover. She had a very long and respected modeling career, and she has a successful line of hair extensions. But in the mid-1980s, she was trying to break into acting.

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Johnson wrote a shocking essay in Vanity Fair describing how Cosby invited her to come audition for a role on The Cosby Show at his New York City townhouse -- first inviting her with her small daughter. The second time, she went alone.

That's when things, according to her, got surreal and ugly. She says Cosby asked her to do a scene where she pretended to be drunk. But she says that before that, he encouraged her to drink some cappuccino. She didn't want it, but he seemed insistent and she desperately wanted a role on the country's biggest sitcom.

Johnson says within two sips, she knew something was very wrong. Chillingly, she writes:

I knew by the second sip of the drink Cosby had given me that I’d been drugged -- and drugged good.

My head became woozy, my speech became slurred, and the room began to spin nonstop ... 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 says she began screaming expletives at Cosby, calling him a "motherf**ker."

Angered, she says Cosby grabbed her and dragged her down the stairs and then threw her into a cab outside. She says she gave the cabbie her address and then blacked out.

A few days later, she says she called the private number that Cosby had given her to confront him, but was shocked when his wife, Camille, picked up the phone.

She says Camille told her Cosby wasn't home and to call back the next day.

But by that time, Johnson says she began to realize what she would be up against -- her word against the great Bill Cosby's. She says she thought she was the only one that this had happened to. She even thought maybe she had "encouraged" it somehow. (Ah, women and their plague of guilt and self-blame!)

For all of these years, she didn't come forward, even as rape allegations hit the press, because she said she did not want to be the "angry black woman" trying to take down a successful black man. She knew she would be vilified -- and she's right.

Look at what it takes here. Johnson is around the 27th woman to allege that Cosby violated her, and STILL people are in disbelief. What do you think it would have been like being the lone woman to come forward?

Not only would no one have believed her, but her career would have been ruined. Cosby had many, many friends. He was not someone you wanted to go against. She wrote:

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.

When I first began hearing these stories, it seemed to me that Cosby only allegedly targeted the women who he knew wouldn't dare come forward, the vulnerable ones, the ones who would be branded liars -- such as Judy Huth, who was 15 at the time she alleges Cosby molested her. They were the models, Playboy Playmates, and wannabe actresses who hung around the Hollywood fringe.

But now I see with Janice Dickinson, Beverly Johnson, and Law & Order: SVU actress Michelle Hurd, he also allegedly targeted women who were somewhat more established. But they were still women with a lot to lose.

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In the eyes of the law, Cosby is innocent until proven guilty (though he did settle out of court with one victim), but the voices of 27 women -- and probably more to come -- can't be denied or buried or dismissed.

It's clear that Bill Cosby will never be thought of the same way again.

Do you believe all the accusations?

 

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