After yesterday's news that Black Lightning showrunner and executive producer Salim Akil was facing a lawsuit for multiple counts of domestic violence and breach of contract, Warner Bros. Television is launching their own independent investigation of the charges against Akil.
Akil, who serves also serves as an executive producer on the OWN series Love Is ____, is being sued by Amber Dixon Brenner for multiple incidents of physical, emotional and sexual violence allegedly committed over the past decade while the two engaged in an extramarital affair, which ended last year.
The suit also claims that Akil took ideas from Brenner's screenplay and used them for projects with ABC and OWN without giving Brenner credit or proper compensation.
Studios launching their own independent investigations of figures after facing lawsuits and public allegations of misconduct are standard practice in the entertainment industry. Earlier this year, AMC had launched an investigation of Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick before reaching the conclusion that no wrongdoing had been committed.
Airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce, Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce/Thunder, Christine Adams as Lynn Stewart, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias Whale, Damon Gupton as Billy Henderson, James Remar as Peter Gambi, and Jordan Calloway as Khalil/Painkiller.