Garcelle Beauvais has revealed she listened to her gut instinct following a close encounter will Bill Cosby.
In an interview with Andy Cohen, 54, promoting her new memoir, Love Me as I Am, on Andy Radio, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 55, shared details of her experience with The Cosby Show star in the 1980s.
The reality star admitted that she was nervous to share details of her interaction with the comedian, 84, who is currently being sued in civil court in Santa Monica for a sexual assault that allegedly took place in 1975. The I Spy star is accused of molesting a woman at his mansion in Los Angeles when she was 16-years-old. He has denied the allegations.
Gut instinct: Garcelle Beauvais has revealed she listened to her gut instinct following a close encounter will Bill Cosby in the 1980s
New book: The reality star, 55, said she was nervous to write about her interaction with The Cosby Show star in her new memoir
Garcelle, who was modeling in the 1980s, recalled she received word from her agency that the Grammy winner wanted her phone number.
‘At the time, he was everybody’s dad. He was bigger than life.’
The young actress agreed and quickly received a call from TV icon who, she said, told her ‘I’ve seen you around and I think you’d be great for the show. I’m going to offer you a small part, but I also think education is really important.’
Small part: The RHOBH star claimed the TV icon tracked her down and offered her a small part on the top rated sitcom. Seen here as a nurse in a 1986 episode
The Coming to America star explained she thought the last part of the conversation was ‘really weird’ because ‘someone that I didn’t really know’ thought she needed more education.
According to her IMDB page, the fledgling actress was cast in a 1986 episode of The Cosby Show as a nurse, but did not receive an on-screen credit.
Garcelle called the experience a ‘cautionary tale about really listening to your gut instincts.’
Ran: Garcelle said she ran out of the comedian’s house after her served in a drink claiming, ‘ I just didn’t feel right. And something told me to get out of there’
She recollected being invited to the would-be mentor’s home to discuss her career and education.
‘I get there and he asked me if I want to have a drink and I, I was a baby. I was like, “Sure.” And he gave me Sambuca. And I remember that very well because I, I didn’t drink and I had never heard of Sambuca. And I remember taking a sip and not feeling great.’
‘And I don’t know, I just didn’t feel right. And something told me to get out of there. And I literally got up and I ran out of there and I got into a cab and I went to my apartment and I was freaked out.’
Coming forward: The star explained she didn’t come forward when dozens of women mounted similar accusations against Cosby because she didn’t have ‘anything concrete to add to the story’
When asked if she thought the drink was drugged, the Models, Inc. star answered unequivocally, ‘I absolutely think there was.’
The star explained she didn’t come forward with her accusations when dozens of women mounted their own, similar, accusations against the NAACP Image Award winner, because she didn’t have ‘anything concrete to add to the story,’ and because people may have thought she was ‘jumping on the bandwagon.’
Bill Cosby was convicted and sentenced to prison for aggravated indecent assault in 2018, stemming from an attack on a Temple University employee at his home in 2004.
Accused: More than 50 women have accused the I Spy star of assault. He is currently being sued in Santa Monica, CA stemming from accusations he molested a woman when she was only 16
He served three years behind bars on a sentence of three to 10 years before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the conviction. That decision was based on promises from the former district attorney that he would not be prosecuted for testimony made in depositions for a 2005 civil case in which he was sued by the same woman.
In documents released from that civil trial, the entertainer admitted to casual sex involving recreational use of the sedative-hypnotic (Quaaludes) with a series of young women, and he acknowledged that his dispensing the prescription drug was illegal. He also claimed any sex was consensual.
More than 50 women across the US have accused the former entertainer of sexual assaulting them.
Jail: The comedian served three years behind bars for aggravated indecent assault before the conviction was overturned on a technicality