Supermodel Beverly Johnson is the latest in the long line of women making allegations that the once revered comedian drugged and sexually assaulted her. Johnson told ABC News’ Linsey Davis that the assault took pace in the 1980s when Cosby invited her down to the studios to rehearse a role for The Cosby Show.
The Washington Post reports that Johnson, the first black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue, returned for a second meeting with Cosby. After the meeting, Johnson alleges that Cosby asked her to show him that she could play a drunk and offered her a cappuccino. Johnson says that she initially refused, but as she did not want to offend Cosby, she took a few sips.
“I knew by the second sip of the drink Cosby had given me that I’d been drugged… 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 placed his hands on my waist. 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.”
Johnson says that she began calling Cosby every name she could think of. Johnson goes on to say that Cosby got really angry, dragged her down the stairs, and threw her into a taxi. Johnson continued that she felt very lucky not to have been raped that night.
Beverly Johnson is the latest in a line of women accusing Cosby of similar assaults. Like many of the others, Beverly Johnson says she did not report the incident to the police at the time because she she felt betrayed, that it had only happened to her, “and that I was somehow responsible.”
Johnson goes on to say that with all the other allegations coming to light, she felt compelled to speak out. Johnson also said that as a black woman, she found it difficult to speak out against a high-profile black man.
“But the last four weeks have changed everything, as so many women have shared similar stories, of which the press have belatedly taken heed,” she said.
Cosby’s lawyers have so far not made any comment about Johnson’s claim,s but have previously dismissed allegations, saying, “Accusers are coming out of the woodwork with fabricated or unsubstantiated stories.”