Bill Cosby Trial: First Witness Testifies Cosby Drugged, Forced Himself On Her

First witness testifies: "I remember him being behind me, making those grunting sounds."

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The first witness in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial testified on Monday that she was drugged and sexually assaulted by the comedian in 1996.

According to NBC News, the woman told jurors, "I remember him being behind me, making those grunting sounds. I remember wanting to pull up my dress and wanting to cover myself but not being able to," Kelly Johnson said during tearful testimony in Montgomery County Court. Johnson, who worked for Cosby's agent at the William Morris Agency at the time, says that Cosby invited her to his hotel—to apparently discuss her career—and made her swallow a pill. He told her it would make her relax.

She says she took the pill after being prodded by Cosby and went to the bathroom. She then felt woozy. Afterwards, she woke up half-naked in his bed. 

Cosby's lawyer questioned the witness' credibility—intimating that they had a consensual relationship— and asked her why she didn't immediately report the alleged assault. 

“Did anyone tell you to get selective amnesia in this case?” Brian McMonagle asked. “I was very afraid because I have a secret about the biggest celebrity in the world at that time and it was just me, just me and my word against his,” she said. Johnson says that she did go to human resources at her company and never returned to work. She filed a worker's compensation claim which also came under scrutiny by Cosby's attorney.

The 79-year-old comedian was in the room. He was escorted into the courtroom by actress Keshia Knight Pulliam who played Rudy on The Cosby Show.


[Photo: Getty Images]



Related Stories

Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content. 

You May Also Like...
Recommended by Zergnet