Beverly Johnson: Bill Cosby drugged me

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Model Beverly Johnson is sharing her Bill Cosby story.

It happened in the “mid-80s,” she says in a first person essay in

Vanity Fair. And it sounds similar to many of the stories we’ve heard

from women who have been accusing the star of drugging them and then

sexually assaulting them.

Johnson starts by recalling being “in awe” of Cosby in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

“He was funny, smart, and even elegant—all those wonderful things many

white Americans didn’t associate with people of color.”

She was thrilled when one day an agent called her to invite her to

audition for a role onThe Cosby Show. She went to a taping and met

Cosby. He invited her to his home. She had one pleasant visit and he

invited her to come over again.

That next time didn’t go as smoothly.

Cosby offered her a cappuccino from the espresso machine on his bar.

“I told him I didn’t drink coffee that late in the afternoon because

it made getting to sleep at night more difficult. He wouldn’t let it


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.”

And that moment, she knew.

“Now let me explain this: I was a top model during the 70s, a period

when drugs flowed at parties and photo shoots like bottled water at a

health spa,” says Johnson. “I’d had my fun and experimented with my

fair share of mood enhancers. I knew by the second sip of the drink

Cosby had given me that I’d been drugged—and drugged good.”

She says he motioned for her to come to him, as though acting out a scene.

“He put his hands around my waist, and I managed to put my hand on his

shoulder in order to steady myself. 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 called him a “mother—–.”

And she kept on yelling at him, she says. He didn’t like it.

It’s not easy doing the right thing sometimes!!! Thank you for your

love & support Break the Silence of Sexual Abuse!— Beverly Johnson

(@BeverlyJohnson1) December 11, 2014


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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