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Drama Series Scrapped Amid Domestic Violence Case

Dec 19, 2018  •  Post A Comment

A drama series that received the go-ahead for a second season back in July won’t be going ahead after all. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that OWN “retroactively canceled” season two of “Love Is” amid domestic violence allegations against the show’s co-creator Salim Akil.

“To be clear, the allegations are unrelated to the Warner Bros.-produced drama,” THR reports. “And a November and December internal inquiry is said to have revealed no evidence of abuse or assault relating to ‘Love Is’ or Akil’s other show at the network, The CW’s ‘Black Lightning.’ But the fact that actress Amber Dixon Brenner has filed a lawsuit claiming that she was Akil’s longtime girlfriend, while during his marriage to ‘Love Is’ co-creator Mara Brock Akil, took the wind out of the semi-autobiographical love story’s sails.”

THR adds: “Brenner’s graphic lawsuit claims she and Akil began an affair a decade ago and were together up until 2017. During that time, the actress claims he hit her and photographed a sexual encounter without permission, among several other things.”

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