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Supermodel Beverly Johnson says Bill Cosby drugged her in the 1980s

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Beverly Johnson, a supermodel and actress who was the first African American woman to be on the cover of Vogue magazine, has come forward alleging that she was drugged by Bill Cosby in the 1980s.

Johnson wrote a long piece for Vanity Fair about an encounter she had with the comedian in the mid 1980s, while she was going through a divorce.

She said that Cosby invited her to read for a part in The Cosby Show.

After several meetings with the comedian, he invited her to a reading at his house. He allegedly suggested to her that she to act drunk – a feature shared in several other stories from other women who have made allegations against Cosby.

After dinner, Cosby insisted Johnson drink a cappuccino, which she said was “drugged – and drugged good”.

“My head became woozy, my speech became slurred, and the room began to spin non-stop,” the article continues. “Cosby mentioned for me to come over to him as though we were ready to act out the scene. He put his hands around my waist, and I managed to put my hand on his shoulder in order to steady myself.”

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She said that her body went completely limp, and that her brain switched into “automatic survival mode.” She yelled at Cosby, calling him a “motherfucker” several times.

After that, the article continues, Cosby grabbed Johnson by the left arm and dragged her down “a bunch of stairs.” She said she was afraid her neck was going to break. When they reached the front door, she said, Cosby flagged down a taxi and shoved her inside.

She said that she called Cosby to confront him, but his wife, Camille, picked up the phone.

She said that at the time, she was worried that if she went public with the story, her career would suffer.

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Johnson’s story brings the number of women who have put their name to allegations against the comedian to almost two dozen .

Martin Singer, the attorney representing Cosby, was not available for comment. Cosby has consistently denied all the allegations against him. In a statement on 22 November, Singer called the claims against the comedian “ridiculous” and “unsubstantiated, fantastical stories.”

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Prosecutors want hearing on revoking Roger Stone’s bail after he posted right-wing propaganda despite gag order

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Roger Stone may have violated his gag order with Instagram postings and federal prosecutors want a hearing for a judge to consider modifying the conditions of his release from jail pending trial.

"On or about June 18 and 19, 2019, the defendant posted to Instagram and Facebook, commenting about this case and inviting news organizations to cover the issue," prosecutors said in a filing the day after the most recent posting.

Stone is a longtime political advisor to Donald Trump.

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Apple says US tariffs on China would backfire

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Apple is warning the US administration that proposed tariffs on Chinese imports would be counterproductive, saying they would hurt the iPhone maker's competitiveness and "tilt the playing field" to non-American rivals.

In comments filed this week to the US Trade Representative, Apple said the tariff proposal by President Donald Trump would hurt Apple's ability to compete and also end up reducing the tech giant's contributions to the US economy in taxes and investments.

The Apple comments dated June 17 noted that the company is the largest US corporate taxpayer and also is on track to invest some $350 billion in the country over five years.

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Prosecutors debunk right-wing conspiracy theory in new legal smackdown of Roger Stone

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Federal prosecutors debunked a conspiracy theory pushed by the far-right in a new legal brief filed on Thursday.

Longtine Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone had argued federal investigators relied upon a report from the cyber research firm Crowdstrike to conclude that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee.

That contention, according to federal prosecutors, is "incorrect."

"While the prosecutors did not go into detail, they noted that the investigators gathered evidence of the Russians’ involvement independently, which led to the indictment last year of 12 Russian military officials in connection with the DNC hack," Politico reported.

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