Screenwriter Max Landis is facing allegations of sexual abuse and psychological manipulation from eight women who told their stories to the Daily Beast.
Landis, 33, is the son of director John Landis. Known for writing the screenplay for "Chronicle," his most recent credit is the David Ayer film "Bright." Allegations against him have been aired on social media for the last year or more.
"To read about the terror he's inflicted on so many women since then makes me sick to my stomach."
Three of the women alleged that Landis choked them. Two more women described accounts of alleged sexual misconduct on movie sets. One woman alleged that Landis held her down and raped her, and would deliberately humiliate her because wanted to have sex with her while she was crying.
The Daily Beast also reported that, after a reassessment, Landis was removed as a producer from the upcoming Chloe Grace Moretz film "Shadow in the Cloud." The decision was made prior to the publication of Tuesday's report. Idris Elba was attached to star. "Deeper," a spec script Landis wrote and sold to MGM in 2016 has now fallen off the company's film slate, an MGM rep confirmed.
Do you understand what I’m saying? "He turned around and he put his hands around my throat and he got very close to my face and he said, ‘I will f—ing kill you. I will f—ing kill you,'" she told the publication.
She says that he continued to pressure her and coerced her into maintaining a sexual relationship. Ani Baker told the Daily Beast that she dated Landis for a while and then tried to end the relationship. At one point, she says Landis became enraged when she playfully slapped his rear end.
Landis did not respond to requests for comment on the report.
“He jokingly called me a ‘paint cat’ in reference to the ill-fated feline who tries desperately to escape the clutches of Pepe Le Pew,” she wrote in her statement. spokesperson had no immediate comment on the status of the project, but one studio insider said the project has been in turnaround for nearly two years, and is unlikely to ever come together. A Warner Bros.
Two of the women spoke on the record, and another five were identified by pseudonyms. The case was later dropped. An eighth women confirmed that she filed a police complaint against Landis in 2008, in which she alleged that he had sexually assaulted her while she was drunk and incapacitated.
"Chronicle" director Josh Trank posted on Twitter that he banned Landis from the set of the 2012 sci-fi film and that he "100% believe[s] every word of this article."
Finally, Landis has said he was hired by Warner Bros. to pen a standalone film for the cartoon character Pepé Le Pew in 2016 — a move cast in a different light by the allegations, which, according to the Daily Beast's report, included calling one woman "paint cat" while pursuing her.
While Landis signed with talent agency CAA in 2016, insiders told Variety he is no longer repped by the company. Landis has little on the professional horizon that could be compromised as a result of the accusations, a reactive measure Hollywood has used swiftly against men accused in the #MeToo era. It is unclear when they parted ways, and a CAA spokesperson had no comment.
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In early January of this year, two more women told the Daily Beast that they were also assaulted by Calloway. Calloway has been the subject of multiple accusations. He was arrested in 2006 after author and domestic violence activist Sil Lai Abrams accused him of sexually assaulting her, but the charges were dismissed.
"Extra" host AJ Calloway has been suspended after multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, Variety has confirmed.
"To date, we have found nothing to suggest that Mr. Calloway on 'Extra' and whether any employee of the show had been the victim of any such misconduct," producer Warner Bros. Calloway has ever engaged in workplace misconduct." Television said in a statement, referring to earlier allegations against Calloway. "Upon becoming aware of allegations of sexual misconduct against AJ Calloway, we began an internal review to determine whether there had been any misconduct by Mr.
When I was first notified about these allegations by law enforcement more than a decade ago, I fully cooperated from the beginning and the case was dismissed." When news of Abrams' 2006 accusations came to light, Calloway said in a statement, "As I have maintained from the beginning, these allegations are not true.
Warner Bros. We take such allegations very seriously and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure a safe and inclusive workplace for all of our employees." Calloway has been suspended pending further review. added, "In light of additional allegations brought to our attention, we are expanding our ongoing inquiries, and Mr.
"Mr. Calloway maintains that these unsubstantiated allegations are patently false," said Calloway's attorney, Lisa E. Davis. "He vehemently denies that he ever assaulted anyone and looks forward to clearing his name."
A source familiar with the situation indicated that Calloway's suspension comes with pay.
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