Beverly Johnson: “This Is Bigger Than Bill Cosby”

“I want to stand with these women that have come out. I want to have a platform for one out of six women who are sexually assaulted. This is bigger than Bill Cosby. This is about women and violence on women. This is about women finding their voice. I feel that Cosby took my power that evening and that I took my power back.”

Beverly Johnson spoke to “The Today Show”about yesterday’s post for VanityFair.com in which the former supermodel came out as one of Bill Cosby’s (alleged, but come on) victims. In the interview, Johnson discussed how Cosby drugged her espresso drink when she was over at his apartment under the guise of auditioning for a part. While it’s safe to assume that Cosby’s intent was to sexually assault her, he became so enraged when Johnson called him out for what he had done, repeatedly calling him a motherfucker, that he threw her out of his apartment instead. Johnson said she kept quiet for years because she believed coming forward would ruin her, but made the decision to tell her story to stand in solidarity with his other victims. [via Jezebel]