OWN cancels ‘Love Is _’ amid domestic violence allegations against producer Salim Akil

The Oprah Winfrey Network is nixing the TV series “Love Is __” following domestic violence allegations against executive producer Salim Akil.

The series, a memoir OWN says was inspired by the “real-life love story of producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil,” premiered in June 2018. It was renewed for a second season in July, but canceled a week after Salim Akil was slapped with a lawsuit from an ex-lover. 

“OWN has decided not to move forward with the second season of ‘Love Is __,'” the network said in a statement to USA TODAY. 

Actress Amber Dixon Brenner sued the producer in November for physically, verbally and sexually abusing her during their alleged 10-year extramarital affair. In the suit, Dixon Brenner alleged that Akil hit her and forced her to perform sex acts on multiple occasions throughout their relationship, which she claims ended last year. 

The “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” actress also accused Akil of stealing the concept of her screenplay “Luv & Perversity in the East Village” for the basis of “Love Is _.”

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