Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein: US actress Rose McGowan makes rape allegation

In a series of tweets, McGowan also accused Amazon Studio chief Roy Price of having ignored her when she made the allegation earlier.

Amazon has put Price - himself accused on Thursday of sexually harassing a female producer - on leave of absence.

Weinstein denies any sexual assaults. There was no comment from Price.

Police forces in the US and UK police have launched investigations into sexual assault allegations against Weinstein:

Harvey Weinstein: The accusers' stories

Together, the claims build up a picture of one of the most powerful men in the industry exerting pressure on younger women at the start of their careers, often in hotel rooms and offices.

The suggestions - spoken or unspoken - were that he could advance their careers if they went along with him. Or he could do serious damage to their dreams if they did not.

He has admitted his behaviour has "caused a lot of pain" but has described many of the allegations against him as "patently false".