Model Beverly Johnson wrote a Vanity Fair essay about getting drugged by Bill Cosby, who has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 20 women.
In the essay, Johnson says she was chosen to audition for a small role on The Cosby Show in the ’80s and went over to Cosby’s house to read for the part. She describes how lovely the visits to Cosby’s house were at first—until they weren’t. At one point, Cosby pressured Johnson into drinking some cappuccino, she claims, that soon caused her to experience a strange reaction.
“My head became woozy, my speech became slurred, and the room began to spin nonstop,” she wrote. “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. ‘You are a motherf–ker, aren’t you?'”
Johnson admits that what happened next isn’t clear in her memory due to the drugs, but that she remembers him dragging her down stairs before summoning a cab for her outside. She also remembers calling his personal phone number that he gave her to confront him—and that his wife answered.
“At a certain moment 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,” Johnson wrote, explaining why she didn’t share her story at the time. “How could I fight someone that boldly arrogant and out of touch?”
“I kept my secret to myself, believing this truth needed to remain in the darkness,” she wrote. “But the last four weeks have changed everything, as so many women have shared similar stories, of which the press have belatedly taken heed.”
Johnson joins fellow model Janice Dickinson and many other women who’ve also come forward in the past month with stories about Cosby sexually assaulting them.