Director/Producer Of Love Is___ Salim Akil Accused of Forcing Oral Sex And Domestic Violence In New Lawsuit

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Salim Akil
Warner Bros. Television Group ‘Black Lightning’ presentation, The Contenders Emmys presented by Deadline Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA – 15 Apr 2018

Actress Amber Dixon Brenner filed a lawsuit accusing writer/producer Salim Akil of domestic violence and breach of contract.

According to the lawsuit, Amber claims the she has had many years of  “physically and sexually abusive relationship” with Salim, who has produced and directed episodes of BET’s The Game and Being Mary Jane, and created OWN’s ‘Love Is___’ with wife Mara Brock Akil 

via Jezebel:

Brenner’s complaint alleges she and Akil began “a dating relationship, which involved frequent sexual contact,” about 10 years ago. Akil, according to IMDb, has been married to writer/producer Mara Brock Akil since 1999. Brenner’s accusations of abuse are numerous and harrowing. They include multiple instances of physical violence in the form of slapping, strangling, and forced oral sex. Brenner alleges, for example, that during a birthday party in Los Angeles’s Roosevelt Hotel, Akil asked her to follow him into the bathroom, where he slapped her, causing her to stumble backwards, and then commanded her to perform oral sex. Brenner’s complaint alleges that he then urinated in her mouth.

In another instance, Brenner alleges that she asked Akil to stop having sex with her during a painful encounter. “He refused to stop, saying: ‘uhnt uhnt [no, no]. Take it.’” In yet another, the complaint claims that on a patio outside his house on Martha’s Vineyard, “he proceeded to stick three fingers up her anus and started lecturing her.” Brenner’s complaint includes multiple instances of him slapping her during sex.

Her complaint alleges that he photographed a sexual encounter without her consent, and that he also photographed her after commanding her to lick a wall in an underground parking lot.

Brenner’s complaint also describes verbal abuse: He allegedly indicated he would dispose of her in a desert if she got pregnant, and said if they were married and she cheated on him, “he would stick her hand in a hot skillet of grease.”

Damn , These are damaging allegations. I love ‘Love Is__’ but this is real life

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Mara Brock Akil On When We Can Expect A ‘Girlfriends’ Movie

Mara Brock Akil sat down with Vulture to discuss her new OWN series, Love Is__.

When asked about the possibility of a Girlfriends reunion, Mara says that getting Toni, Maya, Joan and Lynn on the big screen is dependent on any studio willing to tell the story.

She says,

“Yeah, you can tell any studio in town: If they got 50 to 60 million, I already have the script. We can make an epic story and we can make a lot of money, but me hustling and knocking on doors begging to do this story is not where it is anymore. It deserves somebody to see the value in it and write that check. That’s what it’s about. People often think I have the power. Well, I have a lot of creative input, I know the vision of it, but I need the money. That’s what this industry is all about — supporting artists and supporting storytellers and hearing the audience for what they want and need. There still is a lack of value for what black women want, yet we have proven to be one of the strongest consumers in the marketplace. Yet we still are undervalued about what we want and need So, yeah, I have a script. It’ll be great. But I can’t keep worrying about that and hustling that because I wouldn’t have come up with Nuri and Yasir. I wouldn’t have helped launch Black Lightning. I have a lot more stories in me. Begging someone to see the value of Girlfriends, I can’t do it anymore.”

I completely LOVED her new series last night,it gives me Love Jones vibes.