Salim Akil is not only being accused of sexual misconduct and battery but also stealing the idea for his wildly popular OWN series “Love Is ___”.
According to his accuser, Amber Dixon Brenner, the Black Lightening director used pieces of a script she wrote (Luv & Perversity In The East Village) for other projects without giving her proper credit.
Per the lawsuit, filed November 12, Brenner wrote the script in 2012 and showed Akil during their decade long affair in hopes of collaborating with him on the project. She claims that Akil used elements from the script 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 “Love Is ___.” She also claims that Luv & Perversity In The East Village is inspired by her life and “abusive relationship” with Akil.
HipHollywood obtained a trailer of LPEV and also videos of Brenner and her producing partners talking about the film. Interestingly Brenners husband, Oscar winning film editor David Brenner, is also a producer.
Back in 2015 Brenner and her partners tried to raise $500K for the project through kick starter but only made $7K. According to IMDB the film is still in development.
We’ll be honest nothing about the LPEV is reminiscent of Love Is ___. If you have seen the show or heard about it, then you know it’s about a couple who falls in love in the 90’s and documents their romance as they balance their relationship and careers in Hollywood. You also know it’s based off of the real-life love story of Akil and his wife Mara Brock Akil.
Meanwhile, Akil is adamantly denying that he stole any part of Brenner’s project and or abused her. He’s not denying however that they were lovers.
In a statement first reported by Deadline, Salim’s attorney, Stephen D. Barnes, says:
“We will defend Salim to the fullest against the false and offensive claims that a woman with whom he had a past relationship has included in multiple unsubstantiated lawsuits. Salim looks forward to clearing his name and to being able to focus on his work and his family.”
Time will only tell what his wife of 20 years will do. The Hollywood power couple not only have two children together but are also producing partners. Brock Akil however has remained silent regarding the shocking allegations.