Seventies supermodel Beverly Johnson, who has lately come forward as one of Bill Cosby’s accusers, says she felt “devastated” after the popular comedian drugged her in the mid-80s. Was Johnson raped like Cosby’s other accusers?
The kicker is… she doesn’t remember.
Johnson, the first African-American model to be featured on the cover of American Vogue and once named The New York Times most influential people of the 20th century, spoke with Vanity Fair about her harrowing experience with “The Cosby Show” star.
Her story is just one among the many from women, among them fellow supermodel, Janice Dickinson, who are pointing a finger at Cosby for his apparent modus operandi of drugging and then raping them.
Johnson, 62, has earlier published a 2013 memoir where she detailed how Cosby drugged her at his home in Manhattan in the 1980s. However, in her drugged state, she is unable to remember whether any sexual assault occurred but reports feeling devastated.
During the weeks before the incident, Johnson was approached by Cosby’s agent to audition for a part on “The Cosby Show.” Overjoyed at this potential for a big break, she agreed to meet the comedian at his home in Manhattan to read for a role.
After serving her dinner, Johnson writes that Cosby poured her a drugged cappuccino and insisted she imbibe despite her protests.
“My head became woozy, my speech became slurred, and the room began to spin nonstop,” Johnson told Vanity Fair. “Cosby motioned for me to come over to him as though we were really about to act out the scene. He put his hands around my waist, and I managed to put my hand on his shoulder in order to steady myself.”
As a top model in the ‘70s, Johnson was familiar with the effects of drugs and mood enhancers. She started cussing out Cosby, repeatedly calling him a “motherfucker,” even as her body turned limp.
As far as she could recall, afterwards Cosby dragged her downstairs and out the door of his brownstone apartment and shoved her inside a cab.
Johnson is unable to remember whether she was raped.
"The drugs were there but I felt such a loss.” Johnson told “The View,” as published on Us Weekly. “It was like I lost a family member. I felt such a sense of disappointment. I was devastated. I didn't really know what happened. I was numb."
Watch this clip of Beverly Johnson speaking out against Bill Cosby:
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Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Christopher Peterson/Oct. 29, 2007