US actor Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison

Convicted five months ago of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, a former university basketball administrator, he showed no reaction when the judge read the sentence.

This booking photo obtained from the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville, Pennsylvania, on 25 September 2018 shows comedian Bill Cosby after his sentencing for sexual assault. Picture: AFP.

NORRISTOWN, United States - Disgraced US television icon Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison by a judge on Tuesday and branded a "sexually violent predator" for assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago.

The 81-year-old, once beloved as "America's Dad," is the first celebrity convicted and sentenced for a sex crime since the downfall of Harvey Weinstein ushered in the #MeToo movement and America's reckoning with sexual harassment.

Convicted five months ago of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, a former university basketball administrator, he showed no reaction when Judge Steven O'Neill handed down the sentence in a court in Norristown, Pennsylvania.