The former girlfriend of HBO host Bill Maher – who prompted outrage when he used the expression “house n*****” last week – has suggested he used racial slurs while with her, it is claimed.
Coco Johnsen, who dated the 61-year-old for around 18 months, claimed he used the word for ‘shock value’, and did not expect the backlash he has received. She did not explicitly say he had used the word around her, instead telling TMZ that people using the word should use ‘other vocabulary’. When their relationship ended in 2004, Johnsen filed a lawsuit alleging that he broke promises to marry her, shook her at a party and used ‘degrading’ racial language. The case was thrown out by a Superior Court judge in 2005.