Model Beverly Johnson is the latest woman to come forward with a horror story about Bill Cosby.
In a moving personal essay for ‘Vanity Fair,’ the 62-year-old opens up about the night she was allegedly drugged by the once-beloved sitcom vet.
Beverly says she and the now 77-year-old first crossed paths in the mid-80s when she was auditioning to appear on ‘The Cosby Show.’ She was pregnant at the time, and had hopes of nabbing the role as a patient of Dr. Huxtable, the adored obstetrician.
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“Cosby said he wanted to see how I handled various scenes, so he suggested that I pretend to be drunk. (When did a pregnant woman ever appear drunk on ‘The Cosby Show’? Probably never, but I went with it,)” she writes.
“As I readied myself to be the best drunk I could be, he offered me a cappuccino from the espresso machine. I told him I didn’t drink coffee that late in the afternoon because it made getting to sleep at night more difficult. He wouldn’t let it go… 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.”
She claims by the second sip, she “knew” she had been drugged.
Cosby played a beloved doctor on the successful NBC sitcom. Photo courtesy of Getty.
She continues, “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. He put his hands around my waist, and I managed to put my hand on his shoulder in order to steady myself. As I felt my body go completely limp, my brain switched into automatic-survival mode. That meant making sure Cosby understand that I knew exactly what was happening at that very moment.”
In the essay, Beverly claims she then began shouting at Cosby, who — in her own words — “stood there holding me, expecting me to bend to his will.”
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“What happened next is somewhat cloudy for me because the drug was fully in play by that time,” she says. “I recall his seething anger at my tirade and then him grabbing me by my left arm hard and yanking all 100 pounds of me down a bunch of stairs as my high heels clicked clacked on every step. I feared my neck was going to break with the force he was using to pull me down those stairs.”
Beverly explains she kept her secret inside for a long time because she thought it was something that only happened to her — and even felt she was somehow to blame.
Beverly Johnson modeling in the 1970s. Photo courtesy of Getty.
“So I kept my secret to myself, believing this truth needed to remain in the darkness,” she writes. “But the last four weeks have changed everything, as so many women have shared similar stories.”
To read Beverly’s essay in full, head on over to Vanity Fair.