Even after Bill Cosby’s controversial release from prison in June 2021, the disgraced star still battled litigation over previous sexual assault claims. In June, a woman named Judy Huth was awarded $500,000 in damages, according to Variety, after a jury found Cosby guilty of assault when she was a minor.
So it’s no wonder other celebs are still airing Cosby’s dirty laundry. In her April memoir Love Me As I Am, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Garcelle Beauvais describes a frightening encounter with Cosby as a young, fresh-faced model. As she recalled to Andy Cohen in a SiriusXM radio interview in June, Cosby had contacted her agency and asked for her phone number. Beauvais then saw it as “everyone’s father” and “larger than life” and agreed to give it to him. After Beauvais landed a role on an episode of “The Cosby Show” in 1986, Beauvais claimed the TV icon invited her over to her home to talk about her “career” and “walk through a scene together.” Things got dicey when Cosby reportedly offered Beauvais a drink. As she said on the SiriusXM show “Bevelations” in May, “There was something scary about not knowing if there was anyone else in the house … and I wasn’t a drinker.” Beauvais listened to her inner voice and left the scene on that one point fast.
While most would sympathize with Beauvais’ account of her Cosby experience, the Bravo star recently admitted she had her reservations about even sharing it.
Garcelle Beauvais hopes others will take her Bill Cosby story as a cautionary tale
On the August 3 episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (via Page Six), Garcelle Beauvais shared the concern she had while recounting her chilling encounter with Bill Cosby in the memoir Love Me As I Am . Beauvais admitted to co-star Dorit Kemsley that these were “stories I never told,” and also shared, “I’m a little scared.” Though Kemsley supported her friend’s candor on such an important issue, Beauvais feared that her memories would “shock people”.
Speaking on the SiriusXM show Bevelations in May, Beauvais revealed that her sons Oliver, Jax and Jaid were a major reason she didn’t make the reveal earlier. “My kids were young and my divorce [was happening at the time]”I didn’t want to implicate her,” Beauvais told host Bevy Smith. The “Coming to America” actor also had initial self-doubt over not knowing if she had “something concrete,” and didn’t want to distract from the dozens of women who spoke out against Cosby in the mid-2010s, neither did Beauvais Misleading that she was “just accumulating and ‘oh I just wanted to be a part of it and have my name out there'”. Ultimately, her inclusion of her own Cosby experience was driven by a desire to “listen to one’s gut” in such scenarios.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, help is available to help. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact the RAINN National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).