[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
Source:: Daily Times