Beverly Johnson Speaks out on Her Claim that Bill Cosby Drugged Her (Video)

December 12, 2014

Beverly Johnson spoke out about the allegations she has made that Bill Cosby drugged her in 1986 during her audition at his New York City home for a bit part in ‘The Cosby Show.’ A day after detailing the alleged incident in a Vanity Fair essay, the iconic supermodel and entrepreneur appeared on all of the morning TV programs — including the Today Show and Good Morning America — and reiterated her claims and spoke about why she held her silence for so long.

In speaking out, the 62-year-old Beverly Johnson became one of more than two dozen women who have gone public with allegations against Bill Cosby of sexual assault, rape, drugging, attempted sexual assault or some combination.

Janice Dickinson had, to date, been the most well known of the accusers. But Beverly Johnson is not just “famous.” Like Bill Legend, she too is a legendary African-American public figure, as the first black model ever to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine in 1974. That she is speaking out about another African-American legend has not gone unnoticed, least of all by Johnson herself as she detailed in her Vanity Fair essay.

But nonetheless, she broke her silence and described a harrowing experience which saw her accepting cappuccino from Cosby during the audition, and feeling like she had been drugged after two sips. She spoke of how she went into survival mode, shouted expletives at Cosby and how he literally threw her out of his house and put her in a taxi.

Now, less than 24 hours after the world was digesting the detailed account of the alleged incident, Beverly Johnson spoke about her decision to come forward and break her silence.

She said on the Today Show, “It is bigger than Bill Cosby. This is about women and violence against women. This is about women finding their voice. I feel that Cosby took my power that evening and that I took my power back.”

She also revealed a conversation she with her daughter, Anansa Sims, which was instrumental in her decision. Johnson said, “I told her what would you tell your daughter, my granddaughter, if she ever came to her and said, ‘Hey, mom, I have been drugged.’ What would you do? And she said ‘Mom, you are doing the right thing. I support you. I love you.'”

Johnson also spoke of her concerns at the time, saying, “At the time I felt that it would hurt my career. Most certainly he was a very powerful man.”

On Good Morning America, Johnson spoke about how difficult it was for her to make the allegation against Bill Cosby given his stature. She called it “the most difficult decision that I have ever made.” She noted that she was “calling out a black man, a revered black man, and sometimes it’s really hard to do the right thing. But this is the right thing to do.”

She also gave an account of what she alleged had happened to her, noting that “the drug was very powerful. Something I had never taken before. I was woozy, my speech was slurred. I knew that I was in danger. ”

Describing her “survival mode,” she said, “I just started to swear at him. And then I just continued to call him a series of names. He was getting angry. He was pissed. And he, you know, grabbed me by my arm and just dragged me down the brownstone stairs. And a taxi stopped and he threw me in the taxi.

She also spoke about calling Bill Cosby after the alleged encounter and she said that Camille Cosby, his wife, was the one who answered the phone and that she told her to tell him she would call back. She said, “After I hung up the phone, I realized that this was something that I wasn’t going to be able to do anything about. This was a person that was huge in the entertainment business. It could cost me my career if I came out.’

The morning show interviews were among the many that Beverly Johnson has given since breaking her silence. She also spoke with People magazine, saying, in part that she had no plans to sue Bill Cosby. She said, “I want nothing. I want no money and I wouldn’t touch that money. I came out because I wanted to stand beside these women and give voice to women out there who have been sexually assaulted, to speak up and speak out and speak loudly.”

Bill Cosby’s lawyer has not issued a response to Beverly Johnson’s Vanity Fair essay or any of her interviews. You can see the videos of the Today Show and Good Morning America interviews below.

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