Chronicle and Bright screenwriter Max Landis has been accused of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse by eight women in a damning report from The Daily Beast. It’s a lengthy report and while you’ll find some excerpts below, they make for difficult reading and may not be suitable for all readers.
“[Landis would] bring up his hand and fake that he was going to hit me, and laugh when I flinched,” said one woman who used to date the writer. “He’d openly critique my body in front of people and tell me privately that I had the potential to be ‘so hot’ if I committed to working out more.”
“If any of this still feels like a blurred lines scenario let me assure you that he did hold me down and rape me while I said ‘no’ over and over,” she continued. “Afterwards I punched him in the shoulder and I told him, ‘When someone says no, you’re supposed to stop. What you just did is what they call rape.’ He said he thought we were playing a game, and that I liked it. He didn’t care.”
Another says: “He’d compliment me for not eating. He bought me workout classes to shape me the way he wanted. I lost 15 pounds I couldn’t afford to lose while we were together, and even though he’d bring up openly that he’d given an ex-girlfriend an eating disorder I somehow didn’t identify what was happening to me as that.”
Shockingly, it gets worse but this should give you an idea of the sort of claims being made about Landis. Shortly after this story was published, Chronicle director Josh Trank shared his thoughts on Twitter and while Landis has always talked about the director as if they’re still close friends, it sounds like that ended quite some time ago.
Landis is currently writing a remake of American Werewolf in London but we can now likely expect that and any other projects he has in the works being put on hold for the foreseeable future.
I 100% believe every word of this article about Max. I banned him from visiting principal photography of Chronicle, and I haven’t spoken to him since 2012. To read about the terror he’s inflicted on so many women since then makes me sick to my stomach. Heartbroken beyond measure.
— Josh Trank (@joshuatrank) June 18, 2019