Black Lightning showrunner Salim Akil has denied actress Amber Dixon Brenner’s graphic allegations of domestic violence.
His attorney, Stephen D. Barnes, told Deadline in a statement, “These allegations are deeply upsetting—but they are also totally untrue. We will defend Salim to the fullest against the false and offensive claims that a woman with whom he had a past relationship has included in multiple unsubstantiated lawsuits. Salim looks forward to clearing his name and to being able to focus on his work and his family.”
Akil, who produces several television shows with his wife, Mara Brock Akil, has been sued by Brenner in California for domestic violence and breach of contract. Brenner alleges that Akil has done numerous heinous actions against her including strangling, slapping, forcing oral sex and urinating in her mouth, among other graphic depictions.
Brenner also alleged that Akil would “at times dangle potential acting roles and professional collaborations before” her. She also claimed she only stayed with Akil because she looked up to Akil and believed he loved her.
Warner Bros. TV has formally opened an investigation to the claims and will meet with the Black Lightning cast and crew.