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…
— Beverly Johnson (@BeverlyJohnson1) December 22, 2015
On Monday, Cosby’s camp announced that he’s suing the supermodel for defamation. The legendary comic accuses her of fabricating claims that he drugged and tried to sexually assault her in the 1980s.
According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit is part of a new legal strategy by Cosby to attack some of the women accusing him of sexual abuse in court. Last week, he countersued several women accusing him of defamation, but the lawsuit against Johnson is the first time the comedian has taken legal action against a woman who hasn’t sued him first.
Cosby’s lawsuit accuses Johnson of lying about an incident in which she says Cosby drugged her with a cappuccino in his New York home before letting her go after she angrily rebuked his advances.
The suit contends Johnson used the story — first told in a Vanity Fair story and repeated in numerous interviews and a memoir — to try to rekindle her career.