Screenwriter Max Landis accused of pattern of sexual abuse

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Landis, the son of director John Landis, was first accused in 2017, when actress Anna Akana - who starred in a YouTube video he directed - took to Twitter the day that Bright was to premiere on Netflix to say that the film was "written by a psychopath who sexually abused and assaults women, right?"

In it, an anonymous woman referred to as Julie alleges Landis "choked me until I passed out" and would "hold me down and rape me while I said "no" over and over".

Another woman, referred to as Lainey, says that Landis "bullied and emotionally abused" her. To read about the terror he's inflicted on so many women since then makes me sick to my stomach.

"He'd instigate fights, belittle and upset me, just so he could have sex with me, and the real, legitimate fights ended the same way", the woman said.

A rep for Landis did not respond to EW's request for comment, nor to The Daily Beast's inquiries.

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"He showed me abuse and humiliation porn and constantly tested my boundaries - this became murkier and murkier as our relationship got more tumultuous, as I grew to view sex with him as the only way to receive love and connect", she wrote in a statement. He said, 'I will f***ing kill you.

"He just sort of wears you down. I will f***ing kill you, '" she said.

"He would systematically try to have sex with all the women I knew", the classmate told the outlet. Another woman, ex-girlfriend Dani Manning, claimed Landis would "smack food out of my hand in front of his family to stop me from eating it" and, on two other separate occasions, "choked" her and threw a "plate of food" at her when she laughed at him.

Several other women came forward soon thereafter with allegations of sexual misconduct, including artist Zoe Quinn, who tweeted: "Sometimes men who commit sexual assault are talented screenwriters and their work comes with baggage". But that he's not surprised about Landis - the son of director John Landis, famous for Animal House, Trading Places, and being acquitted for the accidental and preventable deaths of three actors, two of them children, while helming a unsafe scene for 1983's Twilight Zone: The Movie - speaks volumes. This behavior, Mendieta claimed, included Landis making unsettling remarks as she was topless for a scene. "We're not people to him".

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