US - Disgraced US television icon Bill Cosby will return to a Pennsylvania court on Monday to face sentencing for sexual assault, five months after his conviction at the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.
The frail 81-year-old once beloved as "America's Dad" faces a maximum potential sentence of 30 years for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.
He will be the first celebrity sentenced for a sex crime since the 2017 downfall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein signalled the beginning of America's public reckoning with sexual harassment.
The pioneering comedian and award-winning actor was found guilty on 26 April on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Prosecutors will ask for him to be sent straight to prison, while his lawyers are likely to appeal for him to remain under house arrest pending the outcome of any appeals, celebrity website TMZ reported.
His legal team will likely argue for leniency given his age and frailty. Cosby maintains that he is now legally blind.
The final decision rests with Judge Steven O'Neill, who will impose the sentence after a hearing that could stretch across two days in Norristown, a down-at-heel town just outside Philadelphia.
The reputation and career of the once towering figure in late 20th century American popular culture -- the first black actor to grace primetime US television -- is already in tatters.