Another Supermodel Accuses Bill Cosby of Drugging Her in the 80s
Supermodel Beverly Johnson, who was the first African-American to appear on the cover of American Vogue, has penned an essay for Vanity Fair claiming the comedian had spiked her cappuccino during an audition at his New York City brownstone in the mid-80s.
“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. 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 recalls. “My head became woozy, my speech became slurred, and the room began to spin nonstop.”
Johnson, now 62, explains that she was in the middle of acting out a drunk scene when she started feeling sick. The model says she stumbled onto Cosby and “managed to put my hand on his shoulder in order to steady myself” before realizing what had happened.
“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 writes, adding that she immediately cussed at him, “You are a motherfucker aren’t you?”
That’s the exact question I yelled at him as he stood there holding me, expecting me to bend to his will. I rapidly called him several more “motherfuckers.” By the fifth, I could tell that I was really pissing him off. At one point he dropped his hands from my waist and just stood there looking at me like I’d lost my mind.
What happened next is somewhat cloudy for me because the drug was in fuller play by that time. I recall his seething anger at my tirade and then him grabbing me by my left arm hard and yanking all 110 pounds of me down a bunch of stairs as my high heels clicked and clacked on every step. I feared my neck was going to break with the force he was using to pull me down those stairs.
Johnson says Cosby, “with his hand still tightly clenched around [her] arm,” then put her into a cab without saying another word.
According to the model, she had tried to confront the comedy legend about the incident later on by calling him on the private number he had given her, but was stunned when Cosby’s wife answered the phone saying she’s currently in bed with the star.
Johnson says the reason she didn’t come forward with the story because she feared it would impact her career negatively. At the time, she was already embroiled in a custody battle with her ex and her phone “wasn’t exactly ringing off the hook with acting jobs.”
“How could I fight someone that boldly arrogant and out of touch? 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,” Johnson writes. “Now that other women have come forward with their nightmare stories, I join them.”
Previously, model Janice Dickinson alleged that Cosby had date raped her during an encounter in 1982, in which she took a pill from the comedian before blacking out and waking up with semen between her legs.
Former publicist Joan Tarshis and Barbara Bowman, who wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post earlier this year detailing her assault, have previously spoken out about alleged rapes that took place between 1969 to 1985.