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Beverly Johnson says she forgives Bill Cosby

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Beverly Johnson/ABC News screenshot

Famous supermodel Beverly Johnson has been one of the most famous faces out of the more than 40 women in the Bill Cosby rape scandal, claiming that he drugged her back in 1986 when they met up under the premise that he would help her acting career. Although Johnson has wanted the world to know what happened to her and all of the other women who were allegedly raped or drugged by Cosby, she now claims that she’s made peace with her past with him.

In a new interview with “Good Morning America,” Johnson claimed that if she ever saw Cosby again she would tell him, “I forgive you.”

Johnson says that she holds no ill will toward Cosby and has no desire for retribution. Instead, she plans on letting the courts settle the matter for her and the other Cosby accusers.

“I just feel that he’s a lightning rod for a much bigger conversation and that conversation would be the rape culture in America,” Johnson said.

Earlier this year, Johnson spoke about the revelation that Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he’d purchased Quaaludes with the intention of giving them to women before sex and that he’d done so in the past. At the time, she explained that there’s a real problem when it comes to the rape culture that’s prevalent in society.

“It is unfortunate the amount of proof required to make a woman’s voice valid,” Johnson said.

“In the past year of this conversation around Bill Cosby’s actions against many women, including myself, the most unfortunate thing is the lesson we are teaching children about the worth of a woman’s body,” Johnson added. “I don’t know if every woman who has been sexually attacked and comes forward will be one of the many — or one who stands on her own. But as this conversation on Cosby’s actions continues, I hope that anyone with kids is thinking of teaching them that no one has the right to another’s body or sexuality.”

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