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First black supermodel: ‘Bill Cosby drugged me’

CLAIMS: Beverly Johnson (PA)

A WOMAN widely considered to be the first black supermodel has alleged actor and comedian Bill Cosby “drugged her good” during a private visit to his New York home in the 1980s.

Writing her version of events, published in Vanity Fair, Beverly Johnson, 62, claimed Cosby lured her into his apartment after they met on the set of The Cosby Show, under the guise of wanting to help her further her career.

She claimed she “yelled” at Cosby calling him a “motherf**ker” after realising he had drugged her before Cosby shoved her out of his home.

Her detailed account, which has not yet received a response from the lawyers of 77-year-old comedian, is the latest in a line of damning claims from women alleging they have been victims of historic sexual abuse and rape by Cosby.

Johnson, who in 1974 became the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of American Vogue, said she was now speaking out due to the encouragement of learning other women had been subjected to similar experiences with him.

Recounting what she remembered of her time alone with him, she said: “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. 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 understood that I knew exactly what was happening at that very moment.”


TROUBLED: Cosby is accused of drugging and raping a number of different women (PA)

The former actress and model continued: “I rapidly called him several more ‘motherfuckers.’ By the fifth, I could tell that I was really p**sing him off. At one point he dropped his hands from my waist and just stood there looking at me like I’d lost my mind.

“What happened next is somewhat cloudy for me because the drug was in fuller play by that time. I recall his seething anger at my tirade and then him grabbing me by my left arm hard and yanking all 110 pounds of me down a bunch of stairs as my high heels clicked and clacked on every step. I feared my neck was going to break with the force he was using to pull me down those stairs.”

Johnson said Cosby took her outside, hailed down a taxi and bundled her inside, slamming the door behind her “without ever saying a word.”

On how she felt during the immediate aftermath, she added she was “confused and devastated by the idea that someone I admired so much had tried to take advantage of me, and used drugs to do so.”


ALLEGATIONS: Johnson in New York in 1976 (PA)

Explaining why she did not pursue Cosby, whom she claimed she called on a number in the following days and that his wife Camille answered, Johnson said she had “too much to lose”.

“It became clear that I would be fighting a losing battle with a powerful man so callous he not only drugged me, but he also gave me the number to the bedroom he shared with his wife”, she said.

“How could I fight someone that boldly arrogant and out of touch? In the end, just like the other women, I had too much to lose to go after Bill Cosby. I had a career that would no doubt take a huge hit if I went public with my story and I certainly couldn’t afford that after my costly divorce”.

Cosby has not yet publicly commented on the various allegations of rape made against him, while his lawyers have issued a statement, prior to Johnson’s revelations, that existing claims against him have been “discredited”.

The famous actor has also launched a lawsuit against one woman - Judith Huth - who has claimed Cosby sexually assaulted her when she was 15. Cosby's lawyers allege she is trying to extort money from their client.

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