Supermodel Beverly Johnson appeared on The View this morning to discuss the recent Vanity Fair article in which she alleges that Bill Cosby drugged her in the mid '80s at the height of The Cosby Show. Naturally, this meant bumping heads with The View's resident rape apologist, Whoopi Goldberg.
Johnson's story is strikingly similar to the accounts shared by other women who have claimed that Cosby sexually assaulted them. She was introduced to Cosby under the pretense that he was going to help her career, he invited to his private residence where he gave her a laced drink (in Johnson's case, it was a cappuccino) and then she blacked out. The key difference in Johnson's story is that, based on her limited memory, she was forced out of Cosby's home before a potential assault could occur.
As Johnson wrote in Vanity Fair,
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.
"You are a motherfucker aren't you?"
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.
[...] When we reached the front door, he pulled me outside of the brownstone and then, with his hand still tightly clenched around my arm, stood in the middle of the street waving down taxis.
When one stopped, Cosby opened the door, shoved me into it and slammed the door behind me without ever saying a word.
Johnson repeated her account on The View and was, despite the occasional nervous stumbling over her words, very straightforward about the events that allegedly occurred in Bill Cosby's brownstone. Still, Goldberg, Cosby's friend and frequent victim doubter, could not wrap her head around what went down.
"I do not think [that Bill Cosby raped me], no," replied Johnson when Goldberg asked if she had been sexually assaulted by Cosby.
"You're not sure?" Goldberg tried to clarify, perhaps forgetting that Johnson spent the entire night in a blackout after she was drugged.
"I don't remember anything after I got into a taxi...," Johnson explained. "...I really didn't know what happened."
Even with that explanation, Goldberg still seemed confused with how blackouts tend work and how incapable a person can become after being incapacitated by drugs.
"So he's taken you downstairs, he puts you in the cab, you ask the cab guy if you just called Bill a 'mother fucker,'" Goldberg states. "Was there such a feeling with the drugs that you weren't worried about what they might be?... If you knew that you had been drugged, were you worried about what you might have ingested?"
It's more than likely that she was probably too focused on trying to stay awake to worry about the other repercussions of her dosing.
"At that point, I was more struggling to stay conscious," Johnson confirms. "At that point, you're not thinking about anything except for what I just told you and then you pass out."
But didn't she confirm with her doorman about what had happened after she finally made it to her apartment? Whoopi wants to know.
"No, I didn't," Johnson replied. "I basically put my head down and would try to get out—from the embarrassment. From the sheer embarrassment and shame."
How wonderfully brave for her to speak out now.
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