In relation to creating high quality content material, particularly something to depicts African Individuals in a constructive gentle, Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil are a dynamic duo. The husband and spouse have been writing, producing, and directing companions for the previous 20+ years. However a dishonest scandal that had of the Black Lightning director within the middle of chaos threatened to tear the wedding of he and his The Sport creator aside. A latest Instagram submit hints that the creator of Girlfriends is sticking by her husband.
Salim Akil faces sexual abuse lawsuit
Salim and Mara have labored alongside one another for years however in 2018, his profession outdoors of tasks together with his spouse was on the rise. Along with writing and directing on movie and tv collection reminiscent of Soul Meals and Leaping The Broom, he was engaged on a success present Black Lightning. He was additionally engaged on a collection together with his spouse about their love story titled Love Is, which aired on OWN. Every little thing got here crashing down in November 2018.
In keeping with an actress and aspiring filmmaker named Amber Brenner, she and Salim carried out a decade lengthy affair, that Mara finally turned conscious of. Brenner filed a sexual abuse and breach of contract lawsuit towards Salim, claiming that he was bodily and sexually abusive throughout their relationship – and that the Akils present, Love Is, was created out a script she shared with Salim in hopes of them working collectively.
In one of many abuse claims that was reported by Jezebel, Brenner accused Salim of a number of incidents involving bodily violence within the type of slapping, strangling and compelled sexual acts.
Salim denied all allegations. Although he admitted he had a previous relationship with Brenner, he stated in a press release that learn partly, “These allegations are deeply upsetting – however they’re additionally completely unfaithful.”
It was too late for some. OWN determined towards choosing up the second season of Love Is. His job on Black Lightning remained safe.
Are Mara Brock-Akil and Salim Akil nonetheless collectively?
Mara remained mum on the standing of her marriage with Salim all through the complete media frenzy. She by no means spoke publicly concerning the allegations towards him, nor did she take a stand concerning whether or not or not she was sticking by her husband.
When their OWN present was canceled, she expressed her disappointment concerning the present’s ending on Instagram and her hopes for what the present might have been. She additionally thanked everybody who labored on the present together with her for his or her contributions.
Many followers assumed that Mara and Salim have been now not collectively, particularly after the dropped Akil from her Instagram deal with and modified it to @marabella. She additionally didn’t submit any pictures of her together with her husband following the allegations behind made public. Mara as a substitute targeted on touring world wide, sharing journeys that she’d taken in India, Japan, and elsewhere. Except a Father’s Day tribute to Salim, Mara shunned postin him on social media.
Nevertheless it appears to be like just like the Akils are nonetheless going sturdy. For the primary time in over a 12 months, Mara posted a photograph of she and Salim. On Christmas Day, she shared a photograph wishing everybody a Merry Christmas with the caption, “MR and MRS CLAUS// What a lovely approach to finish this 12 months— purchasing for these we love with grateful hearts collectively!”
Fortunately, the Akils have been capable of work by means of such a troublesome time. Mara has even modified her Instagram deal with again to incorporate her final title!