Continuing his string of lawsuits in response to sexual assault allegations, Bill Cosby has now set sights on former supermodel Beverly Johnson. Last year as reports began circulating on Cosby allegedly sexually assualting women, Johnson spoke out as one of the accused. In her accusation, Beverly went on to share that she was drugged by Cosby years ago when she visited him at his home. Now Cosby is suing her for defamation of character.
Bill Cosby has filed a defamation suit against Beverly Johnson more than a year after the former model alleged that he drugged her in the ‘80s. According to court documents obtained by E! News, Cosby’s lawyers allege that Johnson “thrust herself back into the spotlight in attempt to revive her flagging career as a model, actress and public personality” by joining the campaign to “assassinate” Cosby’s reputation. Documents claim Johnson’s accusations “are entirely fabricated and 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 Crosby.” In addition, claims are made that Johnson is benefiting financially from sharing her story. The Grammy and Emmy Award winner is seeking compensatory and punitive damages and a court order that would stop Johnson from making future statements about the actor.
Just a few weeks ago, Cosby countersued 7 other women that have also stepped forward with their own acussations of being assaulted by the comedic icon.