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Beverly Johnson Says She Forgives Bill Cosby

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In an interview with Good Morning America on Wednesday, Beverly Johnson said she forgives Bill Cosby for drugging and assaulting her in the ’80s.

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Johnson was appearing on GMA to promote her memoir The Face That Changed It All. When asked by the host what she would say to Cosby now, Johnson says she’d tell him plainly, “I forgive you.”

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In July, a previously sealed 2005 deposition revealed that Cosby had confessed to drugging women with Quaaludes. Johnson says in the interview that Cosby’s fate is in the hands of the law now.

“I’m going to leave that to the Justice Department,” she says. “I just feel that he’s a lightning rod for a much bigger conversation, and that conversation would be the rape culture in America.”

Watch the full interview clip below.

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Beverly Johnson Says She Forgives Bill Cosby

Where’s the flying pigs in frozen hell part?

Maybe it feels more powerful to be seen as a forgiving survivor rather than as a victim? But he hasn’t even offered an apology. This is really sad.