Warner bros. Is Investigating Black Lightning's Salim Akil

adminNovember 30, 2018

Salim Akil at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017.
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Following a lawsuit and allegations of domestic violence against Black light showrunner and CEO Salim Akil, Warner Bros. has reportedly launched a separate survey in its behavior.

Last year, actor Amber Dixon Brenner claimed a lawsuit in Los Angeles, claiming that during her 10-year affair with Akil, which ended last year, there were several instances of "physical abuse and non-consensual sexual contact." In addition, Brenner's lawsuit claims that Akil stole ideas from a semi-autobiographical manuscript Brenner wrote about her relationship with him and then used these ideas for the series Love is on Oprah Winfrey Network.

Details claimed in Brenner's lawsuit are graphical and often violent, and although it does not mention Akil's behavior on the set of Black light (as he leads with his wife Mara Brock Akil) or with one of the show's crews, Deadline reports today that Warner Bros. conducts its own internal survey on showrunner. The report says:

While it does not say anything publicly and takes an attitude of innocent until it is proven guilty when it comes to the EP, the studio will conduct a request with cast and crew on the Atlanta film and EGENS Love is, we have learned.

WBTV reps had no comment when contacted by Deadline, but the survey started formally today.

While the outcome of the WB Survey of Akil remains to be seen, Deadline states that moving is "now quite common practice in such circumstances." A similar survey was conducted by the study around this time last year, resulting in suspension and finally termination of The flash and Supergirl showrunner Andrew Kreisberg. He was accused of several sources repeatedly sexually harassing a number of coworkers while they were on display.

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