Beverly Johnson To Bill Cosby: 'I Forgive You'

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 09/10/2015 | 10:45 AM EDT

Johnson says the controversy is shining a light on the rape culture in America

It's been nearly a year since Beverly Johnson's explosive admission about Bill Cosby drugging her in the 1980s, a revelation that only further tarnished the image of "America's Dad." Now, the former supermodel is finding forgiveness in her heart for the fallen star.


"I forgive you," she said Wednesday on "Good Morning America." Johnson, who is currently on a promo run for her new memoir "The Face That Changed It All," took the time to briefly address Cosby's sexual assault scandal and her place as one of the more than 50 women who've made claims against the 78-year-old comedian.


When asked her thoughts on what should happen to Cosby, Johnson replied: "I'm going to leave that to the justice department. I just feel that he's a lightening rod for a much bigger conversation and that conversation would be the rape culture in America."




Johnson shared her experience with Cosby in a tell-all essay for Vanity Fair last December, making her one of the few famous faces attached to the scandal. She claimed Cosby drugged her in his home while she auditioned for a part on "The Cosby Show."


Since the publishing of the essay, dozens of women have come forward with their own accounts of being drugged and/or sexually assaulted by Cosby over the span of four decades. Cosby has never been formally charged for the allegations, although the Los Angeles Police Department is currently investigating an alleged 2008 assault.


Cosby is also scheduled to be deposed in October in relation to a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted in 1974.


 (Photo: Johnny Nunez/Getty Images)

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