Beverly Johnson In Vanity Fair: ‘Bill Cosby Drugged Me’

Beverly Johnson is a well known former model that has won success over the decades as being one of the original African-American supermodels. On December 11, Johnson made news for publishing a first-person account of her experiences with Bill Cosby in an article titled, “Bill Cosby Drugged Me. This Is My Story by Beverly Johnson.”

The Vanity Fair piece by Beverly Johnson was published at 1:00 p.m. on December 11, and within less than three hours it was already on its way to becoming viral with more than 6,700 Facebook shares and 1,206 Twitter tweets and a whopping 440 comments from readers. However, Beverly Johnson’s account differs in that she says that Cosby became angry when Beverly used her last moments of lucidity to call Bill a “motherf***er” repeatedly, and instead of sexually assaulting Beverly, she says that Cosby then threw her into a cab – leaving Johnson with no recollection of how she got home.

Despite her experiences, Beverly Johnson said there was a nagging voice in her head that kept her silent, not joining the chorus of other women who’ve accused Bill Cosby of rape, as covered here on the Inquisitr.

“Black men have enough enemies out there already, they certainly don’t need someone like [Beverly Johnson], an African American with a familiar face and a famous name, fanning the flames.”

With the name Beverly Johnson joining other high-profile names – like model Janice Dickinson – who have accused Cosby of drugging them, the claims lend more credence to reports of women like Tamara Green, a California lawyer who claims she first was introduced to Cosby back between 1969 and 1970, and claims to have been given pills by the comedian. Green says that Cosby’s public accusations calling her a liar have defamed her and therefore she filed a federal lawsuit against Cosby, reports NBC News.

For her part, Beverly Johnson wrote in the Vanity Fair article that Cosby first invited her to his place and asked Johnson’s daughter to come along – a move Beverly claims was a ploy to make her comfortable for the second, harrowing visit. Johnson says she wasn’t going to go quietly into that good night, but made sure she’d let Cosby know that she knew what he had allegedly done to Beverly.

“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. 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. 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.”

(Vanity Fair editors note that Bill Cosby’s lawyers did not respond for a comment on the accusations from Beverly Johnson.)


Beverly Johnson is known for her successful line of hair weaves, and has been interviewed by Oprah multiple times.

Beverly Johnson was the first African-American woman on the cover of Vogue magazine.

[Image credit of Beverly Johnson and Bill Cosby: The Wrap]