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Husband and wife duo Salim and Mara Brock Akil were behind shows like “The Game,” “Being Mary Jane” and, most recently, “Black Lightening” on the CW and “Love Is ___” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel. However, a woman who claims she was Salim’s mistress for 10 years has come forward to accuse him of abuse.

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According to Variety, “In November, Amber Dixon Brenner filed a lawsuit against Salim Akil alleging domestic violence and breach of contract. The suit claimed that she and Akil were engaged in a romantic relationship during which he was physically, verbally, and sexually abusive towards her.”

The lawsuit accuses “Akil of on multiple occasions slapping or otherwise physically assaulting Dixon Brenner and forcing her to perform sex acts with him. The suit also alleged that on one such occasion, Akil urinated in her mouth. In another alleged incident, the suit stated Akil took Dixon Brenner to a parking garage, forced her to lick one of its walls, and photographed her without her knowledge.”

Now it has been confirmed that their OWN show “Love Is ___,” which is based on the real-life romance of Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil, has been canceled, even though it was renewed for a second season in July. Mara Brock spoke out on the cancellation on Instagram, writing, “I am saddened that this great group of #artists and #storytellers will no longer get to create together on this project in this way. This was a special tribe— assembling teams like this is by the grace of God— and I will miss not being on set with them to make more magic. And though I know we will all go on to create more amazing work, I’m grateful there was a moment in time that we came together and had the courage to give our best to try and tell a story about love with love.”

In 2016, the couple signed a multi-year development deal with Warner Bros. Entertainment, which produces “Love Is ___” and “Black Lightening.” As of now, there are no reports that “Black Lightening” will be canceled.


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