Garcel Beauvais was apprehensive about including his decades-long “experience” with accused sex predator Bill Cosby in his memoir, “Love Me as I Am.”
“I’m a little scared because I’m sharing and I’m telling stories I’ve never told,” Beauvais admitted to co-star Dorit Kemsley on this week’s episode of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” , which was filmed several months before the book’s release in April.
Beauvais, 55, cautioned that some of his tales “can shock people”, but Kemsley commended his friend for putting them on paper.
“There are stories in the book that I never talked about,” Beauvais elaborated in a later confession. “I had an experience with Bill Cosby. It was really scary.”
The “Coming to America” actress was an 18-year-old model living in New York City when she reportedly received a call from her agency informing her that Cosby, who is 30 years older than her, wanted her phone number.
“At that time, he was the father of everyone. I mean, listen, that was larger than life,” he told to andy cohen in a SiriusXM radio interview in June, saying that he had given his team permission to share his information.
The then-star of “The Cosby Show” called her 20 minutes later, as Beauvais claims, saying, “‘I’ve seen you around, and I think you’d be a great fit for the show. I’m going to give a small part, but I also think education is really important.'”
Beauvais told Cohen that she remembered it was “really weird” for someone she didn’t know to say that she needed more education, but she ended act as a nurse In an episode of the hit 1986 sitcom.
Bravolebrity claimed she was later invited to the Emmy winner’s Manhattan townhouse.
“‘I want to talk to you about your career. I want to talk to you about your education. We’ll go on a scene together,'” he recalled reportedly telling her. are – the whole setup that it does.”
After arriving at his place, Beauvais claimed that Cosby had offered him a drink. “I was a child,” she noted of her young age at the time. “I was like, ‘Uh, sure.'”
Beauvais alleged that the comedian gave him a glass of sambuca, an Italian anise flavored liqueur that is usually colourless.
“I remember that very well because I didn’t drink, and I had never heard of sambuca,” she recalled.
“I remember taking a sip and not feeling well. And I don’t know, I just didn’t feel well,” she explained, confirming to Cohen that she now “absolutely” believes something had slipped into her cocktail.
“And something told me to leave. And I literally got up, and I ran away. And I got in a cab, and I went to my apartment.
Beauvais said she was “scared” and called her mother immediately.
“And what was interesting was, the next week, he had a big ‘I love my wife’ party,” she shared, adding that she “never heard from him again.”
The reality star added that the encounter “became a cautionary tale about really listening to your gut instincts.”
As for why she didn’t come forward with her story soon enough, Beauvais said she didn’t want her experience to be overshadowed by the nearly 60 women who — mostly in 2014 and 2015 — raped, drugged Cosby. Alleged sexual assault, sexual assault facilitating drugs. Battery, child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct.
The actress explained, “When it was all being told about how he treats women, I didn’t have anything concrete to add to the story, and I didn’t feel like I should have.”
“People might have thought that maybe I was jumping on the bandwagon to jump on the bandwagon, and I didn’t want to do that. And also, my boys were small, and I didn’t want to subject them to that sort of thing. “
Cosby and Beauvais did not immediately respond to Page Six’s requests for comment.
For most of Cosby’s alleged victims, the statute of limitations had passed by the time they went public with their claims.
But in 2018, he was found guilty of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at her Pennsylvania home in 2004.
However, last June, His sexual assault conviction was overturned Based on a technicality, and the comedian, now 85, was released from prison.
“I’ve never changed my stance and neither has my story,” he Tweeted as a free man, “I have always maintained my innocence.”