AP -- Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago - the first criminal charges brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America's Dad. The case sets the stage for perhaps the biggest Hollywood celebrity trial of the mobile-all-the-time era and could send the year-old Cosby to prison in the twilight of his life and barrier-breaking career. In bringing the case, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman overruled her predecessor, who declined to charge Cosby in when Temple University employee Andrea Constand first told police that the comic drugged her and violated her by putting his hands down her pants at his mansion in suburban Philadelphia. The TV star acknowledged under oath a decade ago that he had sexual contact with Constand but said it was consensual. The charges were announced just days before the year statute of limitations for bringing charges was set to run out.
The circumstances were semi-platonic, tinged with an aura of romance; that is, this person had offered me the moon and I had refused, and he said, well, let me give you everything, and will you take what you can? I was used to men who made grand declarations of their affection for me. Because I saw these men as harmless, I placed myself in situations with them that might be construed as romantic. I was deliberate about my boundaries, but sometimes allowed myself to be cuddled, like a toy or stuffed animal. This was seen as strange but not unexpected, a particular and endearing flaw. When I went home with boys and girls it was the normal kind of thing I did, and no one ever asked what happened after the door was shut.
They could fill a book, the stories I could tell. My fiance is a surgeon. I can honestly say it has been the worst decision of my life. Please realize I know how the church works, was extremely active and raised good kids. So, guess whatв We stopped.