Black Lightning Showrunner Faces Domestic Violence, Copyright Lawsuit

Black Lightning showrunner Salim Akil has been sued on multiple counts by an alleged ex-lover.

Akil is being sued by Amber Dixon Brenner, who claims she and Akil were involved in a decade-long affair. Brenner claims that Akil, who is married to his frequent producing partner Mara Brock Akil, ended the affair with her last year.

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The lawsuit also claims that Akil has assaulted Brenner over the course of their relationship, with the alleged domestic violence occurring in a number of locations ranging from Atlanta to Martha’s Vineyard. The official legal complaint, which was filed November 20, states that “the acts of Defendant Akil were undertaken and performed by Defendant Akil willfully, maliciously, and with an intent to oppress Plaintiff…"

Brenner is also suing Akil and Oprah’s OWN channel over alleged copyright infringement. Deadline reports that Brenner’s complaint accuses of Akil of stealing a screenplay from her in 2016 and adapting the concept into another television series that he produces, Love Is. which was renewed for a second season earlier this year.

Neither Salim Akil or the CW have publicly responded to the accusations.

Black Lightning is currently airing its second season on The CW.

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