Model Beverly Johnson claims Bill Cosby drugged
Model Beverly Johnson claims Bill Cosby drugged her in new Vanity Fair essay. This time it"s model Beverly Johnson - who"s adding her name to a growing list of women accusing the once-beloved comedian of drugging or sexually assaulting them in the 1970s and "80s.
In a piece for Vanity Fair, Johnson, 62, details an encounter she says she had with Cosby while auditioning for a small part on "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s. Johnson - Vogue"s first black cover model - alleges that Cosby tried to drug her at his home, insisting she have a cappuccino from the espresso machine at his personal bar. "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," she writes. "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." "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," she continues. "He put his hands around my waist, and I managed to put my hand on his shoulder in order to steady myself." Many women started telling their stories in recent weeks - alleging that Cosby sexually assaulted them years ago. "For a long time I thought it was something that only happened to me, and that I was somehow responsible," writes Johnson. "So I kept my secret to myself, believing this truth needed to remain in the darkness. But the last four weeks have changed everything, as so many women have shared similar stories, of which the press have belatedly taken heed."