Max Landis accused of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse by 8 women

[Warning: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault.]

Back in February, we reported on an anonymous Medium post alleging an incident of sexual abuse against Bright and American Ultra screenwriter Max Landis, the son of famed director John Landis. That allegation, of course, was just one of many; in 2017, Landis’ abusive behavior was called an “open secret.” Former collaborator Anna Akana called him “a psychopath who sexually abused and assaulted women.” The author of the Medium post wrote that an exposé on Landis had been in the works at The Hollywood Reporter, but it was axed due to the survivor refusing to offer her name. Now, a lengthy exposé has arrived via The Daily Beast, which spoke to eight women who provide detailed accounts of Landis’ patterns of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.

Several of the stories mirror each other. Landis would first welcome young, vulnerable women into his “exclusive” circle of friends, which the story’s subjects characterize as a “lure” and, eventually, a “shield” against the blowback of his actions. He would then aggressively pursue women and, once in a relationship, shame, belittle, and abuse them, both physically and psychologically. “He just sort of wears you down. He’s that persistent. He sees something shiny and he wants it. He’s like, I have to have it,” says a former friend and ex-girlfriend using the name Samantha. “He would systematically try to have sex with all the women I knew. We’re not people to him.”

Multiple women accuse Landis of physical abuse. Ex-girlfriend Ani Baker recalls a story in which she playfully slapped his butt, only for Landis to then choke her. “He turned around and he put his hands around my throat and he got very close to my face,” Baker said. “He said, ‘I will fucking kill you. Do you understand what I’m saying? I will fucking kill you.'” Another ex-girlfriend going by the name Kerry also says that Landis “choked me and told me he wanted to kill me.”

In a statement to The Daily Beast, an ex-girlfriend going by the name Julie calls Landis a “serial rapist, gaslighter, physical and psychological abuser who tormented me for six years, long after our romantic relationship, both directly and behind my back.” She added, “He continued to violate my boundaries into even after our relationship, and if any of this still feels like a blurred lines scenario let me assure you that he …read more

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Max Landis has Been Accused Of Sexual And Emotional Abuse By Eight Women

Max Landis (screenwriter of Chronicle, American Ultra, and Bright) trended on social media last week due to a Tweet thread by ex-teacher and documentarian Ani Baker, who publicly accused Landis of a pattern of “destructive” behavior during their former relationship. Baker was joined by actress Whitney Moore, who alleged that Landis did “horrific, inhumane things” to her as well while they dated, and Moore expressed sadness while accusing Landis of going on to “continue hurting people behind closed doors.” Eight women, including Baker, have now spoken to the Daily Beast about Landis for an exposé

Most of the women who gave statements to the Beast engaged in romantic relationships with Landis and alleged a variety of abusive behavior against him, including being a “serial rapist, gaslighter, physical and psychological abuser who tormented” them. Some of the women share their identities, but another, known as Julie, preferred to anonymously tell her story, and it’s a graphic portrait. Beyond the detailed allegations she makes about Landis choking her and purposely making her cry during sex, Julie accuses him of a pattern of isolation and manipulation against his alleged victims:

“He trusted that we wouldn’t ever say anything, worked actively to discredit people who were saying things, and was just as consistent in the abuse as he was with covering it up and manipulating us afterwards,” Julie*, an ex-girlfriend and former friend of Landis’s, explained. “I didn’t realize that I had been raped consistently and deliberately by this man for two years until today, when I wrote it down.”

Recently, Julie joined Baker in publicly denouncing Landis. “Even up until the end of last year, I told Max that after everything I still believed he was a Good Person and that he was Trying,” Julie explained in a written statement that she shared with The Daily Beast. “In short, the reason I let him back into my life was his subsequent relationships. The incredible, smart, nurturing and empathetic women he conned into a relationship after me seemed to vouch for his improvement and I thought, if these women believe in him, he must have learned. Just by association he seemed like a better person.”

While rumors have circulated across the internet about Landis over the years, the Beast collects many of these allegations in one place through statements from the eight women. One of them, jarringly, states, “We’re not people to him.” Landis and his representatives did …read more

Source:: Daily Times

      

Castlevania-like ‘Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’ lands on Xbox and PC

What you need to know
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a Castlevania-like gothic horror game.
The title was delayed for many months.
The game is finally available and features a graphical overhaul.
It’s available for $40 on Amazon and other retailers.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a gothic horror game set in the ninth century. Unlike traditional side-scrolling adventures, the title features role-playing mechanics and takes a lot of inspirations from Castlevania. The story revolves around a mysterious paranormal force summoning a demon-infested castle.

The game places you in the shoes of Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist’s curse which slowly crystallizes her body. However, it’s more than just about your immediate needs. She has to save humanity, and herself, by fighting through the castle and defeating the summoner Gebel. Even though the traversal and combat seem trivial due to its flat presentation, you have to collect, craft, and unlock a number of weapons to succeed.

After months of delays, Bloodstained is finally available on Xbox One at other platforms. The game costs $40 and features a number of enhancements. For example, it renders at 4K resolution on Xbox One X and appears to be running at 60 frames per second.

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Castlevania successor

Enter a demon-infested castle

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is an upcoming gothic horror game set in the ninth century. Unlike traditional side-scrolling adventures, the game features role-playing mechanics and takes a lot of inspirations from Castlevania. Bloodstained has been in development for a while, and recently, a lot of gamers criticized the experience for its rough visuals. Now, the team has completely overhauled the graphics.

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