Beverly Johnson Responds to Bill Cosby Defamation Lawsuit

Via a statement given to People magazine.

This time last year, we were writing about Beverly Johnson’s bombshell essay in Vanity Fair, in which she alleged that Bill Cosby drugged her in the mid-1980s. We wondered at the time how Cosby’s high-priced attorney Marty Singer would respond.

Well, it’s taken a full year. And in the interim, Singer has departed, replaced by Monique Pressley, who on Cosby’s behalf announced that the entertainer is suing the supermodel and actress for defamation. Johnson, regularly featured in the pages of People magazine this year and years prior, on Monday gave the magazine a brief statement in response:

“I am aware of the statements from Bill Cosby. In cases of rape and abuse, abusers will do whatever they can to intimidate and weaken their victims to force them to stop fighting,” she said. “I ask for your support of all of the victims involved. Thank you.”

Speaking of December 2014 Cosby bombshells, Katherine McKee, who this time last year was exclusively telling the New York Daily News that she was raped by Cosby in 1974 in a Detroit hotel room while she was on tour with boyfriend Sammy Davis Jr., has now filed her own defamation lawsuit against Cosby. TMZ on Monday had those details.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Twelve Days of Cosby
[Pictured: Beverly Johnson’s August 1974 Vogue magazine cover]