Harvey Weinstein has been indicted by a grand jury in New York on charges of rape and sexual assault, taking the criminal case against him a step further.
Weinstein, 66, waived his right to appear before the panel on Wednesday afternoon.
The grand jury – a group of between 12 and 23 people, assembled to investigate criminal conduct and decide whether there is enough evidence for criminal charges – announced their verdict several hours later.
Cyrus Vance, Manhattan district attorney, said the film producer was brought "another step closer to accountability" by the indictment.
Weinstein was initially charged last week in what was hailed a landmark for the #MeToo movement, nearly eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of accusations of misconduct.
On Wednesday he was indicted on the same charges as he faced on Friday – two counts of rape and one of a criminal sexual act.
"This indictment brings the defendant another step closer to accountability for the crimes of violence with which he is now charged," said Mr Vance.
"Our office will try this case not in the press, but in the courtroom where it belongs.
"This investigation remains active and ongoing. We continue to urge additional survivors and others with relevant information to call us."
Weinstein has not been seen since handing himself in to a Tribeca police station on Friday, and his subsequent court appearance.
He posted bail of $1 million (£751,060) in cash and agreed to wear an electronic monitor which tracks his movements 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
He also surrendered his passport and agreed to stay within the states of New York and Connecticut.
Harvey Weinstein accusations
Weinstein, who has repeatedly denied allegations of non-consensual sex, intends to plead not guilty to the charges, his lawyer, Ben Brafman, said outside court.
In a statement responding to the indictment, Mr Brafman said: "The announcement of Mr. Weinstein’s indictment, does not come as a surprise.
"Indeed, it was predicted by me this morning in an earlier statement we issued. We also note of course that the indictment merely mirrors the same charges in the criminal court Complaint and does not add anything to the case we did not already know.
"We asked the District Attorney for more time so that Mr Weinstein’s attorneys could gather the material needed to properly prepare him for his grand jury testimony but that request was denied.
"We remind everyone that an indictment is merely a formal accusation. Mr Weinstein intends to enter a plea of Not Guilty and vigorously defend against these unsupported allegations that he strongly denies.
"We will soon formally move to dismiss the indictment and if this case actually proceeds to trial, we expect Mr Weinstein to be acquitted."
Click Here: Atlanta United FC Jersey