Former Model Beverley Johnson Claims ‘Bill Cosby Drugged Me’


Beverley Johnson

The allegations surrounding Bill Cosby just keep getting messier and messier.  At least twenty women have come forward to accuse ‘America’s number 1 dad’ of drugging and sexually assaulting them.

Beverley Johnson, who made history when she rose to fame as the first African-American model to appear on the cover of American Vogue in August 1974, is now the latest woman to speak out.  Johnson has written a disturbing article for Vanity Fair, alleging that the highly respected entertainer drugged her.

Like most Americans, I spent the 60s, 70s, and part of the 80s in awe of Bill Cosby and his total domination of popular culture. He was the first African American to star in a dramatic television series, I Spy, a show my family in Buffalo, New York, always watched. Cosby cut a striking figure on-screen then. He was funny, smart, and even elegant—all those wonderful things many white Americans didn’t associate with people of color. In fact, as I thought of going public with what follows, a voice in my head kept whispering, “Black men have enough enemies out there already, they certainly don’t need someone like you, an African American with a familiar face and a famous name, fanning the flames.”

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Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Innocent until proven guilty, but a large number of women have come forward and told similar stories. Plus murky tales involving Bill and the alleged sexual abuse of numerous women have been doing the rounds for a number of years but were expertly brushed under the carpet, until now. 

This sad situation has also got me thinking about his on-screen ‘Cosby Show’ daughters, Lisa Bonet and Sabrina Le Beauf who played his older children.

*note since these allegations resurfaced the entire Cosby cast has remained silent*

The Cosby Show cast

The Cosby Show cast

Listen, I loved the Cosby Show (well… the first three seasons) but always understood that Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable was a fictional TV character. It never once entered my head that Bill Cosby was like the good doctor in reality.

However, trial by media always leaves a bitter taste in my mouth and at this stage a man is still innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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December 2014
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