In a new in-depth interview with ABC News, Johnson revealed that it was Cosby’s wife Camille that caused her to keep quiet regarding the encounter, which she detailed in a first-hand essay in Vanity Fair. Johnson mentioned that she stayed silent in order to protect Camille.
In addition, Johnson also explained that she was in fear for life during ordeal. According to her essay, Johnson mentioned allegedly receiving a “laced latte” when visited Cosby’s multi-level NY brownstone in 1986.
The following are highlights from Johnson’s ABC News interview:
On (allegedly) being drugged by Bill Cosby:
“Bill said part of the exercise he wanted me to do was to act like you’re drunk. And I thought, you know, the role was for a pregnant woman on the show, but I said ‘OK’ and went along with that.
“I took a couple of sips of the cappuccino, and from the first sip and then from the second sip, I knew I had been drugged and I had been drugged really good.
The drug was very powerful. Something I had never, ever taken before, and I mean, I was woozy, my speech was slurred, my … and I kept getting, it kept getting stronger as time went on. It was … I knew that I was in danger, I knew that this was not a recreational drug of any kind, it was … I was really afraid, I was afraid for my life.”
He was getting angry, he was pissed, and he, you know, grabbed me by my arm. And he was just dragging me down the brownstone stairs, and a taxi stopped, and he threw me in the taxi.”
On protecting Camille Cosby:
“This one social gathering where Camille was, and she’s so striking and beautiful, and I walked up to her and she embraced me with this hug that was so endearing like you would hug your own daughter, and I decided I wasn’t going to push the issue any further because of her.”
On coming out against Bill Cosby as a Black woman:
“Particularly now with Michael Brown and Eric Garner, this attack on black men is real. And now I am calling out a black man, a revered black man, and sometimes it’s really hard to do the right thing, but this is the right thing to do. Sometimes it’s really hard to do the right thing, but I’ve got to do this, I’ve got to do it for my daughter, I’ve got to do it for my granddaughter.”
To see Johnson’s ABC News interview, check out the video below: