Bill Cosby‘s latest accuser spoke out on television for first time on Friday morning. Model Beverly Johnson spoke to CNN’s “New Day” about an evening in the 1980s she spent with the comedian which she says ended with her being drugged.
According to Johnson, the incident occurred while she was set to audition for Cosby at his New York brownstone.
“When we went up to the living room area, he offered me a cappuccino before we were to do this scene where I was to play a drunk woman,” Johnson told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota during her appearance via satellite. “He made this cappuccino and I said I didn’t really want to drink any coffee and that it would keep me up late at night but he was very insistent that I try this cappuccino.”
Johnson continued: “I took one sip and I felt something very strange going on in my head. The first sensation was a little woozy. So then I took another sip and after that second sip, I knew I had been drugged.”
As was detailed in Johnson’s essay for Vanity Fair published on Thursday, she explained how she fought to not loose consciousness while repeatedly calling Cosby a “motherfucker.”
“He was most certainly angry,” Johnson said. “He was pissed. He was trying to get me out of there as quickly as possible.”
Johnson says Cosby violently escorted her down a flight of stairs and out into the street where he hailed a taxi cab and put her inside of it. Johnson assumes she was able to give the driver her address.
“I don’t think I was sexually assaulted,” Johnson said. But when asked why it took her so long to come forward, Johnson told Camerota: “There’s shame to coming out.”
“He needed to know, as women, we weren’t going to stand by and let him get away with what he thought he was going to get away with,” Johnson said. She joins a list of well over 20 women who have now publicly accused Bill Cosby of wrongdoing, though unlike Johnson, most if not all also accuse the comedian of rape.
“I don’t want to see anything happen to Bill Cosby,” Johnson said. “What I want to see happen is that women come out and speak their truth.”
Watch video of Beverly Johnson on “New Day” here.
Johnson also sat down for an interview with the “Today” show’s Tamron Hall. Watch the video here.