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Last week, it was announced that Salim and Mara Brock Akil‘s “Love Is ___,” which airs on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel, was canceled after an actress and screenwriter named Amber Dixon Brenner claimed she was Salim’s mistress for 10 years. She also accused him of abuse and filed a lawsuit against him alleging domestic violence and breach of contract. Breener has now spoken out about the allegations.

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Brenne  told Deadline that she decided to go public after she heard Mara Brock-Akil, speak out in support of the #MeToo movement when she claims Mara was aware of her affair with Salim, “It started when Mara was on the cover of some magazine and she stood along with other women in the industry talking about #MeToo or Time’s Up. I read it and I was appalled and I felt disregarded and that the issues from the relationship that in the past I had tried to resolve or discuss regarding violence she was very silent about. Like not responding to texts earlier on in the relationship.”

She continued, “I wrote her an email saying how is it that you come forward now when in your private life you knew that your husband had a habit of hitting me? The letter I wrote was very thorough. I said I came to know it as reflective of the definition of abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and the abuse of power also based upon their stature in the industry and otherwise.”

When asked why she filed the lawsuit, Brenner explained, “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.”

In the lawsuit filed on November 20, 2018, Breener claims she had a lengthy “physically and sexually abusive relationship” with Akil that occurred during his marriage to Mara.

Brenner is also suing the “Black Lightening” co-creator for breach of contract accusing Akil of taking her 2015 script “Luv & Perversity in the East Village”about their relationship and using part of that script for the OWN show without her consent, knowledge and compensation.

Last month, Jezebel reported that Brenner’s lawsuit paints a disturbing picture of Akil and their relationship, which included the following:

  • Multiple claims of physical and sexual abuse i.e. forcing her to perform oral sex on him which ended with him urinating in her mouth.
  • Outside his house on Martha’s Vineyard, she alleges that “he proceeded to stick three fingers up her anus and started lecturing her.”
  • Multiple instances of him slapping and strangling her during sex.
  • Him taking sexual pictures of her without her consent.
  • Bouts of verbal abuse threatening that if she ever got pregnant he would dispose of her in a desert if and said if they were married and she cheated on him, “he would stick her hand in a hot skillet of grease.”

Neither Salim or Mara have spoken out about the accusations.


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