News & Opinion | June 18, 2019 11:27 am

Filmmaker Max Landis Accused of Sexual Abuse by 8 Women

Landis refused to offer any response or comment to The Daily Beast

Max Landis
Max Landis has been accused of sexual abuse by several women. (Sonia Recchia/ Getty)
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Writer and filmmaker Max Landis, whose work includes Bright and Chronicle, has been accused of 10 years-worth of sexual and emotional abuse by at least eight women in a detailed report by The Daily Beast.

The women, most of whom described themselves as former friends and girlfriends of Landis, said they were “tortured, raped, sexually abused and assaulted,” by him. The women described Landis, the son of director John Landis, as “cruel” and an “abuser, body shamer, serial rapist, gaslighter and psychological abuser.”

They told The Daily Beast that they were lured into his world by brainwashed female friends of his and that he would “lord his power and his money over people and intimidate them into friendship, or into forgiveness.”

“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,” a woman who dated Landis and who wished to be identified as Julie told the news site. “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.”

“He just sort of wears you down,” added another accuser. “He’s that persistent. He sees something shiny and he wants it. He’s like, I have to have it. He would systematically try to have sex with all the women I knew. We’re not people to him.”

These and other comprehensive accusations against Landis and accounts of his alleged sexual predation were shared in full by the women. Landis refused to offer any response or comment to The Daily Beast.

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