Bill Cosby Sues Beverly Johnson For Defamation

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Bill Cosby Sues Beverly Johnson

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Bill Cosby Sues Beverly Johnson

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Bill Cosby is suing Beverly Johnson for defamation, a year after she accused him of drugging her in a sexual assault attempt.

As Gossip Cop reported, Johnson alleged in a Vanity Fair essay in December 2014 that Cosby tried to attack her in the mid-1980s when she visited his home to audition for a role on “The Cosby Show.” The former supermodel claimed Cosby insisted she have a cappuccino, and wrote, “I knew by the second sip of the drink Cosby had given me that I’d been drugged — and drugged good.” She said he then came on to her, and when she resisted and repeatedly called him a “motherf*cker,” he forcibly kicked her out of his house.

Johnson explained that she did not feel she could come forward at the time of the incident, but had now decided to after pal Janice Dickinson and other women made similar allegations against him. Since then, the number of women who have accused Cosby of druggings and/or assaults has more than doubled. But in September 2015, Johnson said in a “GMA” interview that she would now tell him, “I forgive you.”

The forgiveness is apparently not mutual. Cosby has now filed a defamation suit against Johnson, claiming she lied about the alleged encounter to further her career. The legal documents attempt to poke holes in Johnson’s story, insisting the two were never alone together, and suggests she was merely trying to get back into the spotlight when she came forward. The lawsuit argues Johnson’s supposedly “false allegations against Mr. Cosby have been the centerpiece of her attempted resurgence and she has played them to the hilt, repeatedly and maliciously publishing the false accusations in articles, interviews, and television appearances.”

Cosby is seeking monetary damages, as well as injunction to prevent Johnson from continuing to discuss her claims. The filing Monday comes exactly a week after Cosby sued seven other accuses for defamation. Gossip Cop will have updates. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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