Beverly Johnson Tells Bill Cosby "I Forgive You" for Alleged Sexual Assault
"It was almost like a family member had betrayed me," Johnson said on 'Good Morning America' of her experience with the comedian. "These women gave me the courage to come forward."
Supermodel Beverly Johnson, the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of Vogue, stopped by Good Morning America on Wednesday to talk about her new memoir, The Face That Changed It All. In the book, Johnson provides a detailed account of the glamorous and drug-fueled life of an '80s supermodel and recounts her experience of being allegedly sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby. Johnson is one of the more than two dozen women who allege they were drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby over the past several decades.
"It was almost like a family member had betrayed me," Johnson told GMA's Amy Robach of her experience with Cosby. "It was such a huge sense of betrayal for me. These women gave me the courage to come forward."
And yet in spite of the betrayal, Johnson implies that she has been able to move on from the experience.
"What would you say to him now?" asked Robach.
"I forgive you," Johnson replied immediately.
"What do you think should happen now to Bill Cosby?" Robach asked next.
"I'm going to leave that to the justice department," Johnson answered. "And I just think that he's a lightning rod for a much bigger conversation — and that conversation would be the rape culture in America."
The discussion then moved on to Johnson's experience as a young woman grappling with the excitement of being a world-famous supermodel — a life fueled by drugs in place of food.
"We thought water was fattening back then," said the supermodel-turned-author.
Robach then asked, "How did you sustain yourself?"
"Youth," Johnson laughed.
Watch the full interview below.