Saturday, January 23, 2021

Alleged Mistress Claims OWN Refuses to Turn Over Docs in Legal Battle with Producer

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*We previously reported… Amber Dixon Brenner filed a suit against “Black Lightning” co-creator Salim Akil, accusing him of sexual harassment, abuse and breach of contract over the former OWN drama series “Love Is”.

Brenner claims Akil took her 2015 script “Luv & Perversity in the East Village” (inspired by their relationship) and used parts of it for his “Love Is” series without her consent, knowledge and compensation.

She also filed a separate lawsuit against Akil, accusing him of domestic violence and claiming she had a lengthy “physically and sexually abusive relationship” with him that occurred during his marriage to Mara Brock-Akil.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Brenner is now demanding a judge allow her to depose a representative from the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

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via The Blast:

In newly filed court documents, Brenner accuses OWN of refusing to turn over documents in the case. She demanded they hand over communications with Akil, insurance documents and have a representative sit for a deposition.

She wants the court to sanction OWN to the tune of $4,650 for refusing to comply.

OWN believes Brenner has no right to their internal documents, especially since they are not a party to the case. 

Brenner originally sued OWN, Mara and Salim, demanding an injunction against them from continuing to profit off her work and unspecified damages, the report states. She then filed a separate lawsuit but only against Akil, accusing him of domestic violence and breach of contract.

Brenner dismissed her original lawsuit against OWN entirely, but pushed forward with her case against Akil. When asked by Deadline why she filed the lawsuit, Brenner said she had to live her truth.

“I got to a point where I could no longer live with myself and be the mother I wanted to be, be the Amber I always dreamed of being if I tolerated the history of the abuse…I could not walk with my head up.”

Read Brenner’s full interview with Deadline here.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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