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Supermodel Beverly Johnson says Bill Cosby drugged her in the 1980s

Model Beverly Johnson attends the Ebony Power 100

Model Beverly Johnson attends the Ebony Power 100 List event at Avalon on Nov. 19, 2014, in Hollywood, Calif. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Angela Weiss

Beverly Johnson, the supermodel who became the first African-American on the cover of Vogue, Thursday accused comedian Bill Cosby of having drugged her in 1986.

Johnson, 62, wrote on Vanity Fair's website that Cosby, 77, had dosed a cappuccino at his New York City brownstone, where she had come to read for a part on "The Cosby Show."

"I knew by the second sip of the drink Cosby had given me that I'd been drugged," she wrote, adding, "My head became woozy, my speech became slurred, and the room began to spin nonstop. . . . 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."

She began a tirade of cursing at him as the drug took hold, Johnson wrote, until Cosby dragged her down some stairs and into a taxi.

Johnson debated coming forward, feeling, "Black men have enough enemies out there already," but ultimately reasoned, "He brought this on himself when he decided he had the right to have his way with who knows how many women over the last four decades."

Cosby's legal representative told Entertainment Weekly that Cosby has no comment on the essay.


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