Transcript for Fashion Icon Beverly Johnson Speaks Out on Cosby Court Filings
Tonight, we are hearing from one of bill Cosby's most prominent accusers in the wake of a blockbuster court document that's come to light saying that Cosby bought drugs to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex. Reporter: For model Beverly Johnson, one of the two dod women who have accused bill Cosby of sexually assaulting or drugging them, the news of his admission is a relief. I am very happy for the women. I see that a lot of them are relieved and feel vindicated and validated, and that's good. Perhaps maybe we can all start a healing process. Reporter: Last night a sealed court document was made public, stating the embattled comedian said yes when asked under oath if he purchased quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with. A lawyer asks him, you gave them to other people? Cosby answers yes. When you got the quaaludes, was did in your mind that were you going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with? Again, Cosby answers yes. The seeming admission released after a judge released the deposition from a 2005 case brought against him by Andrea constand, accusing him of sexually assaulting her in his Pennsylvania home. Cosby settled case in 2006 for an undisclosed amount, but we were told that the only reason he settled is because it would have been embarrassing in those days to put all those women on the stand, and his family had no clue. That would have been very hurtful. Two months ago, I sat down with bill Cosby for an exclusive interview. He refused to address the allegations directly. It's interesting. This is a situation that's unprecedented. My family, my friends, I have been in this business 52 years, and I will, I've never seen anything like this. And reality is the situation. And I can't speak. Reporter: Still, the testimony has refuelled the court of public opinion. You know, you need the proof. And then I'll be able to give my judgment here or there, and I think -- Quaaludes to women to have sex. In America, still, I know it's a shock, but you actually were innocent until proven guilty. Reporter: Musician Jill Scott who's repeatedly defended Cosby took to Twitter to change her stance tweeting proof will always matter more than public opinion. Sworn testimony is proof, completely did.uste as one of the first successful african-american models, Beverly Johnson became a household name after being feature on more than 500 magazine covers. She was the first african-american woman to grace the cover of vogue back in 1974. But as she transitioned to acting she met bill Cosby who she claims drugged her in the '80s when she auditioned for a role on the kogs by show. I was invited down to the studio. And then bill Cosby asked me to meet at his brown stone to go over the role. Reporter: In her memoir, the face that changed it all, an entire chapter has been devoted to her alleged encounter with Cosby. She shared her story with "Nightline" last year. I took a couple sips of the cappuccino, and in a second I knew I had been drugged. I feel very lucky that I wasn't raped. I, and I don't think I was raped. But I, I don't know how I got home. I don't know how I got upstairs. I was devastated. I was disappointed. It was almost like a family member had betrayed me. It was such a huge sense of betrayal for me. Reporter: A barrage of women have recounted similar stories over the years, accusing America's favorite dad of drugging or assaulting them. There was a time when I was at dinner at his brown stone, and I had one glass of wine. And the next thing I knew, I was slumped over the toileilet throwing up. I was sick, I was confused. I was foggy. I had really no idea what was happening. The next thing I remember I was on the couch, and he was removing my underwear. He had no right to do that. Reporter: Cosby's legal team has issued a number of denials to these allegations and Cosby has never criminally been charged. Instead, the subject of a media firestorm. Do you feel that the media has been fair? Let's leave that alone, because that's a fight. Reporter: Okay. Thank you. Reporter: It's yet to be seen just how this newly unearthed document will affect the charges against him, but Beverly Johnson says it's a small victory for her and the other women who allege abuse at the hands of this media titan. Are you hopeful this will bring about some charges? We have a moment where there is some kind of validation in what they've been saying and what we've been saying. The truth always comes to light. Reporter: For "Nightline," I'm linsey Davis in New York.
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