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Legendary supermodel, Beverly Johnson, accuses Bill Cosby of drugging her

File photo: Beverly Johnson attends BRAG 43rd annual scholarship and awards gala

File photo: Beverly Johnson attends BRAG 43rd annual scholarship and awards gala

Like most Americans, I spent the 60s, 70s, and part of the 80s in awe of Bill Cosby and his total domination of popular culture. He was the first African American to star in a dramatic television series, I Spy, a show my family in Buffalo, New York, always watched. Cosby cut a striking figure on-screen then. He was funny, smart, and even elegant…

In an essay for Vanity Fair, legendary supermodel and entrepreneur Beverly Johnson details a drugging encounter with Bill Cosby that sounds all too familiar.

Johnson, who is now serving as an international spokesperson for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, is the latest to come forward with allegations of misconduct against Cosby.

Like many of the women coming forward, she highlights how she was eager to be put and get her “big break.” Lucky for her, she wasn’t so naive that she didn’t know she was being drugged.

I was in the midst of an ugly custody battle for my only child. I needed a big break badly and appearing on The Cosby Show seemed like an excellent way of getting Hollywood’s attention.

Johnson was the first black woman to appear on the cover of American Vogue in 1974.

Here’s what else she says in part:

Looking back, that first invite from Cosby to his home seems like part of a perfectly laid out plan, a way to make me feel secure with him at all times. It worked like a charm. Cosby suggested I come back to his house a few days later to read for the part. I agreed, and one late afternoon the following week I returned. His staff served a light dinner and Bill and I talked more about my plans for the future.

Cosby said he wanted to see how I handled various scenes, so he suggested that I pretend to be drunk…

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…

My head became woozy, my speech became slurred, and the room began to spin nonstop... she remembers before being kicked out of his New York brownstone and being shoved into a taxi.

Once the pyschotropic drugs wore off, Johnson decided she needed to confront Cosby, so she called the private number he’d given her. His wife, Camille, answered the phone. Although she was very polite, she informed Johnson it was late and they were in bed.


5 Comments

  1. butterbeanbabe on December 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    OMG IM BEGANING TO SIDE WITH THOSE WHITE WOMEN… he had a fetish back then where he used his power to get them over and then took advantage of them do you think camille knew of it all and just let it happen so her own sex would be good with him ? do you think she just nieve to bill cosby all these years and let him do as he wish do to his star power she was literally a nobody .. is she glad it come out so she can now move on with a divorce form him ….. why is she always smiling while in public after this broke out ? she is oviously one of those indenial wives who swear she dont know nothing .. i been team bill til i heard this one .. . i always said if a black woman came forward im jumpin shipp

    • Kim on December 12, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      I know, right?! When I saw that the legendary Beverly Johnson was a part of this, my heart sank. I still want to hear tangible undeniable evidence though before I agree that he be burned at the stake. Until then Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable sure has some explaining to do…

      • Jacks on December 12, 2014 at 2:32 pm

        Sorry U need 2 really think about what these women r saying how n the hell did U no U were drugged U didn’t fall out really?!?!?! She was already well known YYYY did she need his help sorry I don’t believe none of these women because no way n hell I’d wait 20 and 30 years b4 I speak up no way!!!!

  2. Bella Duce on December 12, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    So “….his staff prepared a light dinner…” but Cosby made the cappuccino? GTFOH! and his wife was there AND staff. A sip and totally woosy. Shoved into a cab, by who?? Even Beverly Johnson is full of SH*T. So after th call she just dropped it cause “they were asleep”??? F*CKERY

  3. mochamadness on January 17, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    All of these women are full of it! Why wait 20 years plus to say anything? REAL VICTIMS give report and give statements ASAP!