Salim and Mara Brock Akil

Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network canceled it's romance drama Love Is_ after just one season following allegations of domestic violence against executive producer and showrunner Salim Akil, husband of the show's executive producer Mara Brock Akil.

"OWN has decided not to move forward with the second season of Love Is_," the network announced Wednesday.

Salim Akil, 53, faces charges of domestic violence from a former lover, actress Amber Dixon Brenner.

Brenner filed two lawsuits in state and federal courts alleging domestic abuse and accusing Salim of stealing the idea for Love Is_ from her.

The lawsuits detail "frequent and repeated instances of physical abuse" during their decade long affair which ended recently. The Akils were married in 1999.

David and Amber Dixon Brenner

Brenner, left, has been married to film editor David Brenner, right, since 2006. They share two children together.

Brenner dropped her federal copyright infringement lawsuit last week in a voluntary dismissal without prejudice. The dismissal absolves OWN Network of any wrongdoing. But Brenner is pursuing the domestic violence case against Salim in state court.

The cast and crew of Love Is_ were paid all of their wages for a complete season, according to Deadline.com.

The Akils are also showrunners for the CW series Black Lightning which remains in production.

Salim's lawyer, Stephen D. Barnes, told Deadline.com on Dec. 2 that the allegations against his client are "totally untrue."

There has been no formal response to the complaint on the court docket, according to Deadline.

Photos by David Livingston/Getty Images, Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    DAMN DAMN DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i knew they were going to shut it down after those allegations surfaced. Why does the show have to be canceled!! why can't they revamp the way House of Cards did or how They revamped Rosanne/The Conners

  • T Willis

    I don’t understand why they’re canceling it? Does the ex have a legit case? Why wouldn’t they wait until a judgement?

    I’ve never seen the show but I heard the writing and acting was really good. Truthfully, I was turned off when I saw the stereotypical lead black couple (notice: in almost every black sitcom the woman lead is on the lighter/racial ambiguous side, and the male is typically dark skinned) but I do know this is supposed to be loosely based on the real life couple. Sad that it’s cancelled.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    She look like a younger version of his wife...10 years of getting "tortured sexually" sounds like a fetish game too me...

  • KcoolMuziq

    OWN cancelled the show because it was based on Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil relationship. with the allegations going it would have been a unique challenge to keep the show in production.

  • Meme

    His wife looks loved the other woman just looks used and abused, she looks misrable and very sour faced her whole demeanor is sad

  • Coy little wink

    I see no resemblance.. she looks like herself...a stupid sad side heffa

  • Coy little wink

    Mara is gorgeous...love the grey ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • http://www.instagram.com/yeuphonic @yeuphonic

    Stereotypical coupling. True indeed. But when you have conversations about colorism and false "preference" and the effects on the dark skin man's gender-mirror (dark skin woman) being under represented, these same women who have never/rarely had negative association for their COLOR will chime in like "I prefer dark men tho" yes sis we BEEN seen y'all loving and being loved by dark men, we're asking media and the BLACK PEOPLE who run media, to reflect that WE, in our copious melanin, are also loving/being loved and that's how those men came to be.

  • Guest

    SAD! The show was good. I feel bad for the working Actors.

  • Luvi

    "Truthfully, I was turned off when I saw the stereotypical lead black couple (notice: in almost every black sitcom the woman lead is on the lighter/racial ambiguous side, and the male is typically dark skinned)" PREACH.... I am not even going to front, but I felt like it was all a fraud from day one...I didn't have anything substantial to go off of, more of a personal analysis based on life and being a black woman I guess...now I see where my "feeling" may have come from in addition to your comment. ijs.

  • Peppermint Patty

    Her hair is absolutely gorgeous....

  • Chicagowise

    People shouldn't lose their livelihood based on allegations.

  • Bonita

    If the personalities of the characters on that show are supposed to be true to form of the real Salim and Mara, I believe this woman's accusations. Salim's character is very mean and psychologically/emotionally abusive on that show. I wouldn't be the least surprised if he's laid hands on Mara throughout their relationship. Because it just felt to me like an element was left out.

  • Evillene

    My math must be bad. The accused is married to another woman since 1999, and the accuser has been married to another man since 2006. All of whatever did (not) happen should be beyond statute of limitations, right?

  • Dr. P

    Well his character on the show is very controlling and demeaning, so....

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    the charges read like 50 Shades for real. Not victim shaming, just having a hard time connecting the dots on returning to your abuser for 10 something odd years.

  • Dasright

    Lol, I was saying the same! There's no resemblance and she doesn't look younger than his wife

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    i didn't initially like the show because of that. then it grew on me

  • queen of cups

    There should be a law that states if you knowingly participate in a relationship with a married person and you are "hurt, "abused", or die during that time you have no rights to file any type of lawsuit. In fact all lawsuits can and should be filed against you for breach of or contributing to the breach of contract.I'm sick of side people and the people the that engage in side people activities.

  • Ang

    Mara is stunning. I love the gray hair. That is how you age gracefully and confidently.

  • TheWildChild

    Kinda liked this show ? Dude was a whole struggle & she lowered her standards for some good head. His character did display some signs of anger often. ??? Now they better not cancel my other fav' show... "Insecure" on HBO ? Issa going to be a riot , I don't care who stayed and got a beat-down

  • Guest

    I read that she has receipts.

  • the guest

    He earned this cancellation.

  • Ni Ni

    Wow, i never seen the show. Mara must be blindly in love to show that on tv,

  • hi-liter

    She looks like Erica Mena too me.

  • Dahl

    How are you a side piece and getting beaten? Nothing is keeping you there; not marriage, children, property, business, NOTHING but some clandestine meetings in a motel or back car seat. I half think she deserved to be beat for knowingly being a home wrecker...?

  • cherrypie

    As long as Oprah doesnt cancel the Have and the Have Nots. I love that show. Just watched all 5 seasons on Hulu. I'm mad I slept on that show. Its good as hell. Anyone else watch it?

  • Applebum

    From what I remembered reading, people were not tuning in as much after the first episode. They were not feeling the light skin/mixed chicks are always the love interests. And they were complaining about the weak storylines. I have never tuned in, so...

  • hi-liter

    THIS ??......all of it.

  • Dahl

    *slowly raises hand* I’m a closet watcher...

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    i wish she actually would cancel that ghetto cheesy ass telenovela. I like all the actor individually, but not together, not on that show. it irks the hell out of me all that over acting.

  • Applebum

    I agreed until you said she deserved to be beat. How so? If it was by the wife then maybe but him beating her up is not cool. If he was beaten her then that means he must be beating the wife as well? Unless he’s a selective beater. Lol.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    if Erica Mena smoked crack you mean.. that side piece is not cute

  • smartchickfl

    His wife is stunning. The mistress pales in comparison. Jacka**.

  • Ni Ni

    I watch a little while then slack off, but Greenlead is my show.

  • Ang

    He could be treating each woman in a manner that they allowed. Not that there is any justification for abuse. IJS it is possible that he could (allegedly) beat the mistress and not the wife. What’s weird isn’t that she was a mistress being abused for a decade it’s that she also had a husband. What was husband thinking about all this. If her story is true I bet there is more to this story like some weird arrangement. Again, not justifying abuse.

  • T Willis

    Yes????????To it all??????Yes

  • hi-liter

    They ain’t twins but they do favor.....to me at least ?????

  • Dahl

    I don’t condone him hitting her. I said I half think she deserved getting beaten for cheating with him. By whomever. Just venting disgust at the situation, again, not saying it’s ok for him to hit her.

  • Renee26

    Never watched

  • Rayne

    Mara’s name was on every show I tried to watch. She is gorgeous!

  • Renee26

    Yes! That's my show

  • Renee26

    ?

  • Coy little wink

    That hoe too

  • Renee26

    Imitation of his real life huh

  • Coy little wink

    Bingo...people do what you allow

  • Missy

    The accuser & her husband tho...smethng looks off? Can we get a body language analysis Auntea?

  • hi-liter

    One in the same.

  • KcoolMuziq

    The show isn't going anywhere. Even when Tyler's contract is up with OWN in May 2019 (he signed a new deal to create new projects for Viacom on BET). H.A,T.H.N will still air on OWN through 2020.

  • SJ

    That was an abusive relationship being depicted as "Love." Nobody, especially women, should look at that and feel like those actions were okay or a normal part of a growing relationship.

  • MissMaryMack410

    That is/WAS my show and IMO your spot on with your assumption.???

  • TheWildChild

    So this ex-broad Amber claims they had an affair which ended recently ? but He's been married since 1999 ?WTH . So Mari been dealing with his struggles and still married him?

  • TheWildChild

    This is baffling to me also ?. His character on the show always made me wonder if he had more issues than portrayed.

  • TheWildChild

    Exactly ???

  • HotInCleveland

    Sandra, can we get a write up about the black man in Ohio who had the police called on him bc the tellers at the bank thought $1000 was too big of a check for him to cash?

  • MissMaryMack410

    One thing is for sure, he DEFINITELY has a type

  • Bonita

    I could feel the vibrations of the character playing the husband, and it's a very strong negative energy. Salim can cheese for the cameras all he wants, but energy doesn't lie. That man is mean behind closed doors.

  • WhoKnew

    These nuccas wanna cheat and then wanna whoop a sista's ass when she tell 'em she ain't down with the okay-doke side piece. If a nucca EVA put his hands on me again it t'ain't gonna end well.

  • Junkanoo

    So if the me too movement hadn't happened would the show have been cancelled. I don't trust Oprah them they all hung out with Harvey Weinstein they had to have known all along he was a sexual predator word gets around in Hollywood.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Ok Im a little confused. So this woman has been having an affair with a married man who was abusive (physically, mentally, and I even read somewhere he urinated in her mouth) and she never came forward and said ANYTHING. But the moment he allegedly takes her screenplay, or TV show pitch,or whatever you wanna call it...she spills the beans?! She never thought to wait til he went to sleep around her and clock his azz with the nearest cast iron skillet for puttin' his hands on her and disrespecting her on soooooooo many levels? If I'm wrong please correct me and let me know what I'm missing with this story. BTW: Mara is Gawjus!!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cb784b50c1e075c0c7f39f709a7c7b60b07da1a49ba86d27d24d134f70687920.gif

  • Bonita

    It was absolutely an abusive relationship!

  • Renee26

    Pee'd in her mouth??! ???

  • Renee26

    Chile ol boy on The Root wrote the most hilarious synopsis of the situation

  • Renee26

    From the show?

  • HotInCleveland

    Heading over there now! Thanks!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I think the statute of limitations would have run out, and he's not facing criminal charges but just civil "charges" (or accusations) from the former sidepiece. Looks like just a civil suit for damages.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD
  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Right. Especially when you get successful, people might want to try to blackmail you privately, and when you don't give in, they make public accusations to try and destroy your career.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    You're not confuzed at all. The whole thing is stupid.
    P.S. Loved that show.

  • Stacey J

    Dayum....I knew this 'ish was coming....Love Is and Black Lightning are two of my favorite shows...why does the fact he's triflin (and her too actually) have to get Love Is cancelled? I hope they don't take off Black Lightning

  • HotInCleveland

    ?????? that article was good. Especially the four step process.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Can U put that on a billboard?

  • Dun Dilly

    "Peeing in mouths", "3 fingers in anus".... the details provided by the side chick are just TOOOO NASTY. Their affair wasn't even sexy stuff that can be forgiven.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Makes me wonder how he was treating Mara?
    It also makes me think this woman may have been abused before.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yeah, I remember noticing the dark man/light woman thing even as a kid growing up, looking at ads in Ebony and Jet magazine. And noticed it on TV too since then, and it's always bothered me even to this day. Straight up colorism. Pathetic.

  • KcoolMuziq

    "Black Lightning" will continue uninterrupted...

  • KcoolMuziq

    Maybe to U. U be surprised what people are into behind closed doors. It's more than U know.

  • cherrypie

    Is Greenleaf that good? I've heard good things about it. I think I'm going to watch that next.

  • WhoKnew

    Yeah no other pan other than a cast iron pan will do to put a nucca in his place to keep his damned hands off of you. You gotta use the big 12 inch joker. Fool either ain't coming out alive or will be unconscious long enough for you to go through his wallet and take his cash and run. Nasty punk ass.

  • cherrypie

    Me too!! I cant wait until January 8th to see what happens. I may wait for a few weeks to watch tho just so I can see them all at once.

  • cherrypie

    I thought the same thing especially the first couple of episodes. It was like watching a stage play but the acting got better to me as the seasons went on.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Yes ma'am don't put yo hands on me!! My Daddy taught me that!! I'll cut yo azz from gut to gullet!!!

  • RealATLPeach36

    Wait huh? I’m so damn confused.

    So he cheated on his beautiful wife with this scary looking QUESTIONABLE woman?

    This took place in 1999? If so she can sue? How is it her idea if it’s about him and his wife?

    Please help me out.

  • RealATLPeach36

    I ask these similar questions but how can he take an idea if it's about him and his wife? Next, you let him pee in your mouth but went back for some more R Kelly love?

  • Renee26

    Hell yeah ... Nothin but truth

  • Renee26

    Where can I read up on these nastt details??

  • Renee26

    Brb

  • T3

    This teeeewwwww much!

  • Soda

    This last season was their best.

  • Renee26

    I just read it...he did dat sh:t ( in 50's Kanan voice) he has crazy eyes

  • Renee26

    Read the madame link Cotton posted below ?

  • Renee26

    Wasn't iiiiit!!!

  • cherrypie

    Ok. Good to know. Yeah, I cant imagine Oprah letting that show go. She'll extend that contract.

  • Renee26

    Reading that took me to a place chile... Whew she stayed for the same reason so many other women do... They love him, he presents opportunities and some sort of support and/or status that she doesn't want to give up by walking away from the abuser.

  • Soda

    I like how corny, unbelievable, and dramatic the Haves is and I wish it was a daily soap opera! I watch BBC for serious dramas. There's a new one I'm watching called The Long Song set during the final days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica that started yesterday.

  • Chicagowise

    Yep! There are too many envious, greedy people out there.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Why ruin a good thing? Mara's so pretty and always seemed so friendly over all these years. Mara's the creator of Girlfriends, that show so many of you love. She paid her dues long working as a staff writer on many shows and working her way up the ranks to showrunner. Another of her successes is Being Mary Jane.

  • Li-Wright

    This was very poorly written. I can't follow who is who and what happened.
    Was Salim married while he was seeing Brenner? Or were they boyfriend-girlfriend before he married Mara?
    Anywho, the recent revelations about Weinstein's prosecution running into problems (it was consensual) is proving that these women who are claiming domestic abuse, sexual assault, and all that, are not truthful. This sounds to me that he stole her idea for the show and she's getting back at him by claiming domestic abuse.
    I do wish these men would go straight to court against women and let's see how it plays out.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    That Part!!!! like at what point are you complicit with the shytz??!! I mean it's hard for me to empahtize because I demand respect and nothing in her story says he respected her at any point in this extra marital situationship!!!!

  • Li-Wright

    Was he married while he was seeing Brenner? Brenner looks like a druggie.

  • WhoKnew

    School these fools. A sista will cut yo ass if you put paws on her!

  • free

    Corny as hell lately but I still watch.

  • Li-Wright

    I hope these men who are doing dirty are getting their conversations with the women on tape and email. That's what Harvey Weinstein did, he has PROOF that it was all consensual. I hope these brothers are doing the same.

  • tintin

    This show was nice...sad that this mans actions affect the livelihood of all

  • Nik

    I never watched it but now I will.

  • Nik

    I'm thinking there may be some truth to them because usually swift action doesn't occur unless it is almost positively true. However, I hope not.

  • cherrypie

    Chile, that actually sounds interesting. I may check it out....Girl, yes the drama!Lol. I was cracking up watching David sound like an old civil rights leader and Candace turning into a pimp and acting all hard. LOL

  • Nik

    This goes to show people that no matter how smart, beautiful, and successful a woman is, she can still get cheated on. That's why it's just best to be ourselves because we can do all the nipping, tucking, and coloring we want to attract a man, but that won't necessarily keep him.

  • Nik

    I mean I'm not rolling is dough but since when is a $1000 check so much that is causes alarm?

  • Keyshia Ray

    That sucks! I really liked that show ?

  • Nik

    It appears that he was having a ten year affair with her that just ended, so he was married for almost as long when he cheated on his wife. And, during their affair the mistress got married and still fooled with him. This sounds like a dominant-submissive relationship.

  • Nik

    If they cancel Black Lightning I'm going to suit up, breathe in real deep, and electrocute some folks because I LOVE that show! It's so cheesy it's good!

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I saw that coming.

  • Logan Roberts

    When cheating goes wrong. I always thought Mara was to good for him anyway.

  • RealATLPeach36

    In the mouth...Chile!!!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Truth! Be authentically YOU so you have no regrets.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Not R. Kelly love! Hilarious!

  • dru and neil

    It’s not disrespectful if it’s consensual and after ten years I’m sure they both got what get wanted sexually. She wasn’t trafficked, she was willing and able.

  • dru and neil

    Where was the abuse? It sounds like consensual sex when I read it. People are into some seriously kinky st—, some of it many would consider disgusting or degrading is arousing to some. Ten years goes by, she marries, but still f—-s with him? I got a feeling he’s allowing her to be herself in bed and vice versa.

  • reddfoxxy16

    Right, I'm TOTALLY confused!

  • the guest

    Agreed.

    He shouldn’t be cheating.

    Not only cheating but making a spectacle of himself acting like a psychopath abusing his mistress. Domestic violence is no way to be discreet. Did he really think he could abuse her, steal her ideas, and get away with it. What a super talented but very stupid and egotistical man.

  • HotInCleveland

    Exactly!

  • Wreckognize Game

    I loathe women who cheat with these men for years then go running to the wife or court. She endured it all that time and when the affair is over it's a problem. Take your lick and you and him get tf out my face.

  • And then there is that!

    Okay so she dropped the lawsuit for the show? Which means she doesn't have a leg to stand on. She was in the abusive relationship and married and had two kids at the same time. So how did this very light woman explain this bruising to her very present husband who is also a show runner and can provide your opportunities. I think OWN moved way to quick. Way too many holes in this story!

  • Prettybrowneyes

    I'm still waiting on the industry sacrifices you got sir/ma'am ??.

  • MistaO

    ?oh boy

  • Li-Wright

    Nik, I think you got it.

  • Judge Mental Will

    She sure look and in her marriage to that white man. Sis were you ok? Hope she wasn't the aggressor with the black dude.

  • Rayne

    I’m just reading the whole story. It troubles me that a mans whole big azz three fingers can be shoved inside a woman’s ass almost instantaneously. ? What the entire fawk!?!?!

  • dru and neil

    That’s because she’s not a victim. It sounds like a very kinky, consensual relationship.

  • Dowoop

    I was like how the hell u stay there and let him shove 3 fingers in your ass???

  • dru and neil

    The element left out is that she’s his submissive, read up on it...they are leaving that out but it would answer a lot of these questions.

  • HotInCleveland

    Exactly! She was more than complicit-she wanted it and enjoyed it.

  • HotInCleveland

    50 shades of gray.

  • Dowoop

    All the things that would keep her there she has with a whole other man at the same time. She was there for that beating she wasn't getting from her home life

  • I Run New York

    That shows is my crack!! I binge watched all 5 seasons too. Jeffrey got that cop sprung.

  • Rayne

    For real! Dry fingers too whew !

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Don’t cheat! ? ?????

    This Brenner lady cheated on her man with someone else’s man and is claiming dv long after the fact? Nasty.

    As they say now, “make it make sense” ?

  • T3

    ????

  • MsPam

    Just think some folks that their marriage was goals. ?????

  • Cricket404

    I get it. He messed with her money and got his ass handed to him by exposing him. I refuse to believe that his wife didn't know about the affair or was unaware of his bedroom tactics and abuse. She is not the type of woman you allow your husband to entertain, no drinks, no food, nothing.

  • Eileen

    too stupid to comment about...

  • dontgetblocked

    So she's suing her married lover? Everybody lost their jobs behind this mess?

  • Melanated Goddess??

    Okay. I see there are a lot of slow people in the comments. Y'all see abuse , woman, and violence and start foaming at the mouth. They're relationship wasn't abusive. It was clearly a dom and submissive relationship. She enjoyed the disgusting things he did to her. They had a sex dungeon, 50 shades of gray type of relationship. Y'all would be surprised at the disgusting disturbing things people in Hollywood are into. That place is full of sick, phony , demented, abominable people.

  • Joy King

    This man's ego will be his downfall. He would rather embarrass and bring shame to his well respected wife, than admit to himself, his mistress didn't enjoy being his sex slave, she tolerated it, in hopes of being compensated with her own financial gain and dream job in Hollywood. He should've paid this woman whatever she was entitled to and kept it moving.

  • cherrypie

    ? Don't he tho! Veronica keeps me crying?

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    The Brenners shole look happy....

  • speakinmymind

    Not just in Hollywood but everywhere amongst all races. The WORLD is full of sick, phony, demented, abominable people.

  • Vonn

    I was thinking that the wife looks like a dominatrix. ?

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Oh wow...very plausible opinion

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Lol

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    ?? Well said I was thinking that maybe she mad cuz he cut her off

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Yes!! ?????

  • MythCalledLove

    Why folks that are innocent hv to lose their job. Remember soap operas would say The role of xxx is now,played by.. Canceling a show just add fuel to the fire. Replace them & keep it moving. Personal problems shouldn't stop making the show, the workers, and fans. Maybe I don't understand. Just feel everyone shouldn't suffer.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    I remember that interview it wasn’t long ago

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    ??

  • Fodderwing

    Remember back when cheating was as “simple”as hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!? It was back around the same time SNL could comically slam the POTUS (even before it was an acronym) and get away with it. U cheat now, hell hath no fury bc everyone is liable to get scorned. What about just taking the L on the playground of life and moving the eff on!!??

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Every Day!!!

  • Cricket404

    He messed with her money and she told on him. Beating on him isn't going to do nothing but get her choked out, hit em where it hurts- take his power! Now she has the juice:(

  • Shamwow

    She probably has suffient evidence to support that he stole her idea. So they cut their losses in the first season when the budget was at its all time low. Guarantee if it picks up during 2nd season and beyond. They would have to pay her more.

  • Baaba Sanders

    The accused and the accuser did their partners real dirty. I feel sorry for the betrayed partners and the children.

  • Savoy7

    That sick sh*t happens in Atlanta also. Pervertion is all over the world.

  • the guest

    The role of xxx is now,played by..

    I forgot all about that. My grandma loved "the stories".

  • the guest

    What this man did wrong was make business promises that he had no intention of keeping. There were two parts to this relationship personal and business. He thought because she was in love and victimized he could mess her over in business.

    Bet he told her they would produce her idea for show together and then they could start their new life together. Sounds like she was keeping note on him the whole time.

    He should have drafted a contract and paid her for the rights to the show idea. But instead he stole it and gave her creativity to his wife.

    He's a very messy and perverse man on so many vile and predatory levels. He used Domestic Violence to break her down to steal from her.

  • mialaoyin

    This isn't the OWN liest show of Oprah's I don't watch but I'm just glad this did not happen when Girlfriends was on. Speaking of which has Jill Marie Jones weighed in?

  • the guest

    Exactly.

    If he had told his wife the truth, even his wife would have told him to buy the show's idea and rights from the mistress. Then she would have dealt with him. But he had secrets and jeopardized their family.

  • the guest

    I agree with you but those relationships are abusive. We need to raise sons and daughters to know that deviance and perversion are unacceptable. We must teach sons that if a woman wants to be slapped and defecated on, then walk away and don't look back. Those deviant temptations will find sons ending up in prison. If this mistress was white, he'd be sitting jail right now not just having a show cancelled.

  • the guest

    Okay so she dropped the lawsuit for the show? Which means she doesn't have a leg to stand on.

    Nope. Means Oprah probably talked #metoo and #timesup with to the mistress and got her network out of it. Then cancelled the show. This mistress was taking notes on that man the whole time that's why the show is cancelled and watch he'l; end up pleading no contest to the abuse charges.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Bold new world out here. Too short said it best , the art of getting pussy is long gone with the #meetoo movement.

    Again the cheating was the small shit. It was the alleged 10 year affair and alleged wscript stealing that was the crutch in this pileup.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    HAve you ever seen any of their other YouTube videos ? This nigga finessed the hell out of her , she was barely able to get a word in on many of the interviews.

  • DeepThinker

    This dude used women on the side for his sick fettish. He used and discarded. Probably a sociopath. Why did Mara marry this trash? I always thought she was too good for him. He latched on to her for her talent and connections. He has deceived and disrespected their marriage and now he is stopping her bag. Get rid of him Mara!
    The mistress sounds like a lost damaged person to even allow all this. I don’t think she has a case unless she can get him to pay for a shrink. Her husband should run too.

  • Pebbles

    Maybe it really about him & her ?

  • morenYAHdelsur

    I have not, but I believe it!

    After seeing what I saw I know he’s a finesser.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Right!

    That was my first time seeing them in an interview. Everybody there talked about his peculiarities.

  • supastar

    I have no idea who, who is. I never watched 1 episode of this show.

  • SpiceGirl

    Ummm me either.....

  • Wayup!

    yeah like when The Bernie Mac show was cancelled I feel bad for all of the other characters that were coming up and now all the sudden they got to rely on reruns for funds ..?

  • Wayup!

    "Take your lick and you and him get tf out my face."
    ??????????

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    you caught that too?

  • Wayup!

    Right because no matter how kinky or freaky a woman is she don't really want to admit to that in public when things go wrong so it has to be ...oh well he made me do these things so that I could get put on and then he jipped me....now I'm mad so now I got to create the story that he forced me to be a freaky hoe and then ran off with all of my intellect and ideas and became a millionaire and I had to marry down.....
    Anywho.. I could be reaching ?... But it sounds plausible don't it...?

  • Shamwow

    Sound like a certified a.hole.

  • Wayup!

    Yeah he look like he down with The sex dungeon his da#n self...? What would be crazy if all four of them was involved in some craziness and now they just trying to act like it was some separate affair...hmm?

  • EasyBreezy

    Regrettably..... I. LOVED. THIS. SHOW!

  • Wayup!

    ???emmmemm..
    Bingo????

  • sunni_daze

    Damn he fked up the bag. And there is no prize in sleeping with another woman's husband for a decade.

  • Well$$Well$$?

    I read part of the lawsuit and whew chile. If what she's saying is true he sounds like a total psychopath. Randomly strangling her, peeing in her mouth and beating her...He's denying everything though. Been married for almost 20 years but had a sidechick 10 of the years...smdh.

  • Wayup!

    But remember to stick and move tho . ??

  • SJ

    I'm not talking about the affair.

    I'm talking about the relationship depicted in the show.

  • SJ

    Right

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Whew chlle!! ..just alot of MESS, hate the Show was canceled...AND these comments...let me go to my happy place , eat my Fruit and Drink my Alkaline water...
    Good mor'Ting ROSES! :-)

  • Yardgirl

    Me three

  • RealATLPeach36

    But.....here's another issue, so she had a man to give her a diamond WHO wanted to MARRY her, and she said NO and picked a guy who was already married and one who pisses in her mouth?
    Now, I cannot believe that at all. The husband she's with look like he's controlling and she looks lost.

    Again she's touched.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    The whole celebrity power couple is really very flawed, entitled, rich, and sometimes are quite demented individuals we admire!

    If what he did with his side-chick was consensual, and it lasted for a decade, I can’t see what case she has but to humiliate and break them up!

    Surely, Hollywood isn’t clutching their pearls, these bedroom antics aren’t unfamiliar to their peers. This is personal business being aired by a very immoral and scorned (very bitter and selfish), sidechick gone bad!

    This woman is as bad as the man she accuses, and the damage she has caused to innocent people, will be remembered when Karma comes knocking at her door!

  • ClaireHuxtable
  • ClaireHuxtable

    "What a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive..."

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Peeing in her mouth Eh?

    Off to google I go?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I'll bet their kids are either acting out in school and/or seeing a therapist too. You can't be that unhappy and not pass it on down.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    How do you cheat for TEN YEARS? You mean to tell me the wife & hubby had no clue? Something was dysfunctional about this entire situation, Fodd!

  • Renee26

    We would've tore that bathroom UP chile! Then she left the party with him ? no sir ma'am... We would've walked out that thang like Ike and Tina after that limo scene and he would've been in cuffs

  • ClaireHuxtable

    "I refuse to believe that his wife didn't know about the affair or was unaware of his bedroom tactics and abuse."
    ^This.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    *Keith Sweat singing* Sumthin sumthin jus aint riight...

  • Guest

    Me four.

  • PlayerP

    Folks just need to be single

  • Ni Ni

    Girl, yes! It's good, you gotta watch it. Maybe OWN will run a marathon over the holidays.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Thank you!

    She’s no victim, but a willing participant in their domination games!

    She’s as disgusting as he is because if she went along with their sex acts for work in Hollywood, she was prostituting herself.

    Women have to take some accountability for their own actions and complicity!

    Some women are taking advantage of the me too movement, while costing hard working people jobs and income!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Ok!

    Obviously, she has no case for him stealing her script because Mara probably has evidence that she had been working on the show way before her dates!

    Oprah had to back off because of the seeming lewdness and public perceptions!

  • Guest

    Mara seems to have very low self-esteem if that is true. It's reported that she was the one to ask Salim to marry her too.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Yeah, a white woman, he would never work again!

  • PlayerP

    I was REALLY looking forward to the new season.
    Side note - if he was sexing her and his wife for 10 years, ain't no tellin how many others there were. Eww nasty

  • the guest

    Exactly, he's a pos. Simple as that.

    But somebody loves and married him.

  • PlayerP

    She was having a bad hair day

  • PlayerP

    Because grown folks don't want to grow up

  • RespectSelf

    Damn!!!!! I really liked that show smh smh smh.... I'm over having good stuff canceled because of folks i don't even care about. smh

    But that's wild, folks really be out here waiting to hurt you right when you are doing good. Got to watch that Karma

  • Rhyme and Reason

    If, she had receipts, her attorney would not have advised her to drop the infringement lawsuit. I seriously doubt Oprah or OWN paid this unstable woman hush money for the production team couple!

    Mara also had receipts that could hold up in court! The story is supposed to be based on their relationship, if I’m not mistaken (never watched)! OWN cut it’s lost!

    It was the sex acts that got the show cancelled, adultry, a mistress going public, and the scandal of it all!

  • Yoni7

    +5

  • PlayerP

    Thank you! UpvoteX1000!
    Trying to make your poor choices everyone else's problem?!?
    "Take your lick and you and him get tf out my face."
    New line for the one nine!

  • Marlika

    The side chicks husband David better do an DNA on dem chirren.?

    *side note* David looks like a real simpleton, a push over. And the side chick looks to be a bossy push over. I betcha the simpleton knew about the 10 year affair. They may be having money troubles and looking for a come up.?? HTF does your spouse cheat for 10 years and you don’t know.?

  • Renee26

    And how your wife come home with bruises and you don't ask questions SMH

  • Renee26

    Read the article linked below... It's a mess. The network doesn't want a suit cause he took his side pieces script and ran with it

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    That lady got them crazy eyes ?????

  • Renee26

    There are a lot of freaks out here but that legal document read of an abusive controlling relationship. S&M is different than some man demeaning you when he's mad. Random slapping and beating... Sexual dominance as punishment (3 fingers up the rear while being LECTURED).... When it's done as punishment that is taking it beyond a freaky consensual affair.

  • Renee26

    Gasps!!

  • Ajavee

    That's why I never #GOALS anyone's life because people show you what they want you to see.

  • Ajavee

    Wow!

  • Renee26

    So does he

  • RespectSelf

    Lord smh smh smh... That's wild

  • TMW

    I believe this was a dom/slave relationship and ALL parties involved, including spouses, were aware and consented to this. Not really clear on her motivations for claiming assault.

  • Renee26

    IKR... I was clutching my pearls

  • Yui

    I was put off the show coz the creators kept doing sidebar-Wonder Years-onscreen cameos. Like every episode. Like, I had given up, lol.

  • Baaba Sanders

    That's right. You have no business being married when you know you have the inclination to cheat.

  • cherrypie

    Yeah, ima start it. Everybody is saying how good it is. I think its on Hulu.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Yeah she got the juice...the pee juice!!

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    I guess chile!! I can't get wit it..my thought process don't work that way.

  • Wreckognize Game

    A chick knocked on my door one day saying she was bringing her lil girl there because my dude was the supposed father and was supposed to watch her. I didn't let her see me sweat. I said he outside somewhere go take her to him. I didn't have nothing to do with it and closed my door. I was already on my way out anyway. Uhaul had been booked for the next weekend since last month. Chile bye. GTF

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Right lol

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Yes indeed

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    On the red carpet looking sad as hayle..

  • morenYAHdelsur

    ????? SMH ain’t no way I could do any of that.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    LMBO!

    Got that melody stuck in my head now ?

  • dru and neil

    Sorry! Seemed like you were talking about the affair.

  • Sha

    She probably wanted out, yes, I believed they all new but he was not having it, he started black mailing her, she said the HELL with that I'm going forward anyway. Just my observation.

  • Sha

    Agreee, so doesn't he

  • Sha

    Some people get down like that, I think he got a little carried away, with whatever was happening and she wanted OUT, he was not having IT.

  • Sha

    Me, also I enjoyed it, It was differenent.

  • Sha

    That's why it doesn't pay to go outside your marriage, side chick or not.

  • Sha

    Don't be so surprised this is what's going on today, people are lost.

  • Sha

    What about a spouse stepping outside of his or her marriage?

  • supastar

    what is the show about?

  • Sha

    I said the same thing, he is sick but everyone wants to call out the SIDE CHICK, it takes two to tangle and he is a sociopath.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    But she stayed for ten years so.........

  • Sha

    Ya, no

  • abby500

    Look at the body language on her and her husband.

  • TMW

    I would say he probably wanted out, she tried to blackmail him and when that happened she went public. He probably has a copy of their agreement to prove it was consensual.

  • sunni_daze

    If this has been going on for a decade best believe the wife new. And a man can't step out on his marriage if he has no one to step with.

  • Marlika

    Right!

    He looks like he’s scared to stand up to her.?

  • Dun Dilly

    Im confused about that too. 3 fingers in da butt at a house party in Martha's Vineyard?? Holy INKWELL!!

  • Dun Dilly

    yep

  • Dun Dilly

    LOL!!!!!!

  • Dun Dilly

    True. I guess I ain't wild after all...sigh

  • Renee26

    She probably jumped on him on the way to that event up top

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    I see future news reports of a quiet divorce and her taking on Black Hollywood by storm without him.

    He looks the type to commit all offenses and blame someone else for it.
    I see behind his eye manipulation and demanding sadistic behavior.
    IMO.

  • Candance

    This is disappointing. I was wanting to see what happened next. I actually found a show I really liked now its gone...just like that!

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    That shit is fairytale embellished stuff. Niggaz ain’t doing all that in real life.

  • Yui

    How the creators met and junk.

  • MsPam

    Let the usher board say amen!

  • Rayne

    ?

  • supastar

    LOL @ and junk LOL... thanks

  • Pooh

    damn... one of the best shows on tv. This is heartbreaking. I was looking forward to the new season :(

  • Melanated Goddess??

    I said what I said. She's no victim. She enjoyed herself and only reported him when her ripped off her idea. Not saying Ali is a good guy but lets call a spade a spade.

  • Melanated Goddess??

    They are abusive but some people are into sexual deviancy. It is what is . Just like how some people at turned put by autoerotic asphyxiation. In my opinion it's mental illness. But dievency is normalized now a days on many levels . So people are going to do what they want.

  • Melanated Goddess??

    That still doesn't neagate the fact that it's deeply ingrained in Hollywood and secret society culture. Where do you think all of that shit started? The so called elites have been doing deviant disgusting things since Rome. They do it in NYC too, but I'm talking about Hollywood. Let's not act like they're not the gatekeepers of perversion.

  • Renee26

    Neither of us was there to say whether she enjoyed it or not but we both can read what that legal document of full of allegations says... From MY viewpoint and experience in counseling DV victims it doesn't read pleasurable to me at all...whether or not she's only telling about it because she's mad about the script is irrelevant.

  • Jussjess25

    Im confused were they having an affair? Or was this a past relationship?? And how do you file an lawsuit for that..

  • Jussjess25

    Me too!

  • Melanated Goddess??

    Women need to start taking accountability for their actions. I'm confused as to why SOME women refuse to do so. The next thing your going to tell me is that the people that willing go to Dubi to get defecated on are victims too. Please. She's a grown woman tat chose to get pissed on and disrespected. She continued well after she got married and only spoke out AFTER she got shafted.

  • Renee26

    The women who go to Dubai are making a choice and that's different from being in a DV relationship... In DV there's not only physical abuse but mental, emotional, and psychological too. It's not like he peed on her in a sex act. He slapped her to the ground then made her take him inside her mouth to release urine. Amongst other things he allegedly did to humilate and demean her.

    Apples and Oranges

  • Mrs. S. O.

    I think all of that was CONSENSUAL. They had one of those freaky relationships. I'm guessing she was willing to do what his wife wouldn't do. Just nasty.

  • Mrs. S. O.

    Salim used her in the beginning of their courtship for her resources but now, they both appear to have just as many connections as the other. I don't think Mara is as innocent as you think she is. I think she was doing her own thing on the side too.

  • Mrs. S. O.

    But didn't Mara get with him while he was in a whole relationship AND was a deadbeat dad to his first son? Mara looked passed all the red flags and still married him so something might be up with her too. Just my opinion.

  • Candance

    It was cute. And YES niggaz still do sweet stuff like that!

  • Mrs. S. O.

    Y'all need to stop. Mara is no angel. Water rises to its level.

  • Mrs. S. O.

    Have you seen their interactions in public? Mara is everything BUT submissive. I think there's more to the story on Mara. Salim weird self been out there.

  • okiseethisthatdumbshit

    glad they canceled this stupid shyt

  • dru and neil

    Okay I’m sorry I assumed that everyone knows what that means. This has to do with sex. The relationship he has with the mistress appears to be a dominant/submissive sexual relationship.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Exactly!

    Also, he’s fortunate that this side chick was as sloppy as he was. I read on the Grio and Variety her story changed and the facts investigated by Warner Bros. Cleared him and OWN.

    It clearly wasn’t worth it (the side chick)!

  • Pebbles

    Yup! The available man wasn’t the one she truly wanted!

    She chose the married man whom she was was with for 10 years who did all those nasty things.

    That wasn’t a one night stand it was a full blown relationship. Which was never an issue until she didn’t get a piece of the pie

    If he hadn’t allegedly reniged on the agreement would this even be an issue and would they still be together

  • Fodderwing

    My sentiments exactly...hence my reference to “the playground of life”... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6a0dd04a7b2a1729abf7cc69e59e78f0dd47713a905be2b9b2d5391b017a5135.jpg

  • Fodderwing

    Hux, this situation reeks worse than a bloated deer carcass about to burst in mid-August...I had to read, re-read, and then re-re-read the post to understand to actual phukary that was afoot. And to be honest...I’m still lost! Open marriages, cuckholding, swinging...it’s all fun and games until someone gets an eye poked out.

  • Fodderwing

    Total karma tho...she is mad bc her plan backfired. She was messing with Akil bc of his clout in the industry. If she wasn’t, she never would have shared her script with him in the first place. She would have kept it to herself and shopped the script around by her own means/connections. He did steal her idea and hedged his bets that she wouldn’t file suit bc it would mean exposing the affair to her husband. However, she called his bluff bc the idea she came up with wound up being worth more than either relationship she was engaged in.

  • Yetunde

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I didn’t even like his character on the show. Very controlling and manipulative.

  • Yetunde

    I agree. I didn’t like his character at all in that show. I couldn’t understand how people thought it was romantic.

  • Ang

    Yes, I was hoping for a season 2 so they could possibly show some growth in him that would make him a good catch for her for the long term.

  • the guest

    His poor wife. When the situation got out of hand, he should have been came clean to his wife. But he left her vulnerable to looking like a fool. He placed his desires and greed before his wife and that is a whole other level than having an affair. So not cool.

  • the guest

    LOVE Bernie Mac since Def Comedy Jam. Loved his show. I never understood why they cancelled the show.

  • the guest

    The concept could be about his mother pushing him into the world, but if he didn’t come up with the idea of contexualizing his birth as a show, then he is not the creator of the show.

    It was his mistress idea to create a show about her married boyfriend and his wife’s relationship. She wrote a script about her married boyfriend and his wife’s relationship.

    He took the idea and script (THAT HE NEVER THOUGHT OF AND DID NOT COME UP WITH) that his his mistress created about his and his wife’s relationship and produced it with his wife AND PASSED IT OFF AS THEIR IDEA because it was about them BUT THEY DIDNT CREATE IT.

    He is shiesty. And if his wife knew it was mistress’s idea, concept, and script and knowingly collided with her husband to pass it off as their own, then in the business aspect of this scandal she’s a pos their too.

    As far as the cheating, I feel bad for his wife. But a ten year affair and the extent of her husbsnd’s vile lust and behavior, hear me out here, there are wives who know their husband’s are sick perverts and a mistress basically is the pig a wife refuses to be.

    You can look at his Esteemed wife and see she was not having no one pee on her, so she turned a blind eye as her husband took out his sick desires on someone else. Happens all the time in those Hollywood type circles.

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  • Wayup!

    Because the star of the show died..?.............

  • SJ

    No worries!

  • RealATLPeach36

    Well damn thank you for breaking in COMPLETELY DOWN TO ME.

    Merry Christmas ??

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