*A day after a very graphic domestic violence lawsuit against “Black Lightning” producer Salim Akil emerged, Warner Bros TV has launched an investigation on the CW series.
Page Six reports that the studio will be conducting an inquiry with cast and crew on the Atlanta filmed show.
Akil has not been suspended from “Black Lightning,” and the publication noted:
This move by the studio is now pretty standard practice in such circumstances. The aim is to address safety and other concerns on the series by cast and crew and confidentially discover if they have any information they would like to share.
OTHER NEWS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: Producer Salim Akil Hit with Lawsuit Alleging Domestic Violence, Forced Oral Sex and More!
In a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on November 20, actor Amber Dixon Brenner claims she and the married showrunner were lovers for over a decade up until 2017. She accuses him of repeated “non-consensual assault and battery” and that they had a “physically and sexually abusive relationship.”
The suit also explains why she endured this abusive relationship:
The reasons why Plaintiff did not leave Akil after the very first of these instances occurred are complicated and the subject of significant resulting therapy for Plaintiff. Plaintiff believed that she loved Akil. She also looked up to him as a prominent motion picture television director in some of the same entertainment circles where Plaintiff socialized. Akil likewise would at times dangle potential acting roles and professional collaborations before Plaintiff. However, what we do know, is that these acts caused significant emotional and physical harm to the Plaintiff and were abusive; i.e., Akil intentionally or recklessly caused or attempted to cause bodily injury, or placing Plaintiff in reasonable apprehension of bodily injury.
Brenner says she pitched a screenplay called “Luv & Perversity in the East Village” to Akil in 2016, and it was based on their relationship. As such, she’s suing her ex-lover and Oprah’s OWN network for copyright infringement.
Salim’s wife is writer-producer Mara Brock Akil.