The serious accusations come from Michael J. Anderson, who played the backward-speaking Man from Another Place in Lynch's Twin Peaks TV series.

He took aim at the director in a bizarre rant on Facebook last week (ends05Aug16), also suggesting Lynch may have orchestrated the death of Eraserhead star and his Twin Peaks castmate Jack Nance.

"He (Lynch) totally did NOT rape his own underage daughter and then write a television series about it," Anderson wrote. "She totally has NOT lived under a DEATH THREAT from her own father, all her life if she ever told. He NEVER had his 'best friend' murdered. And he DEFINITELY NEVER suggested to me that I should kill myself! There's a whole bunch of other stuff he never did either."

Lynch's daughter Jennifer has responded after a fan asked for her opinion on Instagram, writing: "I am sorry that Mike is doing this. None of what he says is true, and I hope he receives the help and peace he needs."

Anderson, a former NASA computer expert, has made it clear in the past he's unhappy with Lynch's decision not to include him in the Twin Peaks reboot, which is currently in production.

He also worked with Lynch on the experimental performance piece Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted, and appeared in his 2001 movie Mulholland Drive.