Last week a stunning domestic violence complaint was filed against famed Hollywood producer, writer, director Salim Akil alleging abuse and sexual misconduct. Now more information is being revealed about his accuser, Amber Dixon Brenner, who claims she was in a 10-year relationship with Akil while he was married to wife and fellow producer Mara Brock Akil. According to Brenner, she had endured a years-long “physically and sexually abusive relationship” with Akil. In addition to the abuse, she is also suing him for breach of contract claiming that the Black Lightning director used pieces of a script she wrote (Luv & Perversity In The East Village) for other projects without giving her proper credit.
Here are five facts you need to know.
SHE’S ALSO MARRIED
She’s been married to film editor David Brenner since 2006 and shares two children with him, sons Sasha and Haider. She also has a stepdaughter from David’s previous relationship. David Brenner is an Oscar-winning film editor who has worked on blockbusters like Born on the Fourth of July, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Man of Steel, Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, 300: Rise of an Empire, 2012, Wanted, The Day After Tomorrow and The Doors. He won an Academy Award in the Best Achievement in Film Editing category for the 1989 hit Born on the Fourth of July, starring Tom Cruise.
SHE’S AN ACTRESS
Amber Dixon Brenner is an actress and director, best known for her work in movies like Savages and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. She went to the University of California, Santa Cruz, and graduated with a concentration in Italian Language and Literature in 2003.
SHE’S ALSO AN ART DIRECTOR
Outside of modeling and acting, Brenner is also an accomplished production designer, and art director, who has worked with many big names like Coldplay, The FOO Fighters, Fort Minor, and Audioslave.
SHE WROTE A FILM ABOUT HER RELATIONSHIP WITH AKIL
Brenner also alleges that Akil used elements from her script Luv & Perversity in the East Village, to incorporate into a series he pitched to ABC “Documenting Love.” The show never made it to air. But Brenner says there are elements of her writing in current OWN series “Love Is ___.” She also claims that LPEV is inspired by her life and “abusive relationship” with Akil. Interestingly her husband is one of the producers of the film which is still in development. Peep the trailer and description below.
A woman on the verge wanders into a modern day Bohemia. Together with a group of lost souls, she uncovers the profound in the profane.
SHE’S A #METOO SUPPORTER
Brenner is a huge advocate for women’s rights and has been vocal about her support of the #MeToo movement on Twitter. On several occasions she has retweeted messages from Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan and Alyssa Milano. Back in 2017, when she reportedly ended her relationship with Akil Brenner tweeted: To all of the others, there are so many of us… I love you all.
#TRIBE #MeToo #WomenInHollywood
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