Content Warning: This post deals with sexual violence, abuse and assault. In upsetting but sadly all too common news, another major Hollywood power player has been accused of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Salim Akil, showrunner and executive producer of Black Lightning and Love Is__ is being sued by Amber Dixon Brenner, who alleges that she and the producer began an extramarital affair ten years ago, which ended some time last year. Dixon Brenner alleges that during the affair, Akil was physically, emotionally, and sexually abusive to her. Akil has been married to powerhouse writer and producer Mara Brock Akil since 1999, who created long-running hits like Girlfriends, The Game, and Being Mary Jane. She is also a producer on Black Lightning and Love Is__. Dixon Brenner accused Akil of slapping her, physically assaulting her, and forcing her to perform sexual acts on him. In addition, she is suing Akil for breach of contract, claiming that he stole ideas and plot points for Love Is__ from a screenplay she wrote called Luv & Perversity in the East Village, which she was was based on their relationship. According to her lawsuit, Dixon Brenner stayed with Akil throughout the abuse because, “[Dixon… Read full this story
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