Bill Cosby Sues Beverly Johnson Over Allegations of Being Drugged
Bill Cosby has filed suit against Beverly Johnson.
In a new lawsuit filed on Monday in Los Angeles, California, and obtained by ET, the 78-year-old comedian is firing back against the model's allegations that she "felt drugged" after sipping from a cappuccino that Cosby allegedly offered her in the mid-1980s. Cosby is suing for defamation, defamation per se and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
"Mr. Cosby states that he never drugged the defendant and her story is a lie," a press release from Cosby's lawyer, Monique Pressley, reads. "The suit further states that defendant’s entirely fabricated accusations are nothing more than an opportunistic attempt to resuscitate her own career and benefit herself financially from the wave of media attention surrounding her false allegations against Mr. Cosby."
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Cosby has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct in allegations that span several decades. Cosby has denied all wrongdoing and has never been charged with a crime.
His suit against Johnson comes one week after filing another lawsuit against seven of his accusers in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Johnson's allegations against Cosby first surfaced in a 2014 article in Vanity Fair, and have been published in her 2015 memoir. Cosby is now seeking "compensatory and punitive damages," as well as injunctions to stop further publication of Johnson's claims and a statement "retracting and correcting her defamatory statements, including removal of the chapter on Mr. Cosby from future distribution of defendant's memoir and for unsold copies of the defendant’s memoir with the chapter on Mr. Cosby to be removed from circulation."
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In a 2005 deposition made public this year, Cosby testified under oath that he obtained Quaaludes to give to "young women" that he "wanted to have sex with."
"I wasn't surprised at all," Johnson told ET of the admission. "It is most certainly the best kept secret of Hollywood."