Max Landis Sexual Harassment

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If you were threatened or harassed in any way by Max Landis, find out your rights »

What happened isn't right, and you deserve justice.

MAX LANDIS’ PATTERN OF ABUSE IN THE WORKPLACE

Hagens Berman is investigating Max Landis – a prominent Hollywood screenwriter and filmmaker – for patterns of systemic sexual, emotional and physical abuse that have lasted at least a decade, trapping women through a consorted effort of maintaining a fiercely guarded social circle called “the Colour Society” to lure his victims. Landis’ abusive behavior often took place on sets and in workplace environments in the entertainment industry.

Accusers of Max Landis have reported a range of physical, emotional and sexual abuse including rape, threats, verbal abuse, physical violence including choking, and psychologically damaging manipulation. They also state that his abuse follows a scripted and predictable pattern, and that his inappropriate misconduct often appeared on set.

Max Landis worked on Netflix’s “Bright,” which it claims as perhaps its most successful original title to date, and previously wrote Chronicle (2012), American Ultra (2015) and Victor Frankenstein (2015).

 Landis also rose to notoriety under his father, John Landis, who is best known for directing films like National Lampoon’s Animal HouseAn American Werewolf in London, and Coming to America, adding to the younger Landis’s Hollywood clout.

Hagens Berman believes those who were abused and harassed by Max Landis deserve payback.

THE COLOUR SOCIETY

Multiple women who have stepped forward against Landis describe the same thing: feeling pulled into his cult-like social circle after being relentlessly pursued. Women describe being “worn down,” by his persistent behavior.

Landis’ Colour Society effectively shielded his behavior in an environment that felt safe and worthwhile, according to his accusers, who recounted that its draw was its exclusive nature, elaborate parties and charismatic appeal. The spectrum of abuse would then follow.

If his victims tried to escape, Landis reportedly used his social clout against them, shutting them out and starting smear campaigns against them in an attempt to ruin their reputations and credibility.

WOMEN WHO HAVE COME FORWARD

Already, eight women have come forward against the screenwriter for his decade of sexual abuse, violence and patterns of manipulation and coercion.

In 2017, a number of entertainment-industry insiders wrote about Landis on social media, including overt call-outs to his abusive behavior, and women who have already stepped forward report that there are many more first- and second-hand accounts of his abuse.

In their own words, his victims have stated publicly:

  • “Max Landis is a serial rapist, gaslighter, physical and psychological abuser…” 
  • “…it is aggressive sexual assault.”
  • "I too was tortured by this person.”
  • “There’s too many voices to ignore. ...Max is intimidating and he’s scary.”
  • "...a psychopath who sexually abused and assaults women..."
  • “Once he choked me and told me he wanted to kill me.”
  • "...the experience/aftermath of this person is really destructive, and it will be riddled with pain and emotional work that you don’t need to spend your precious energy on.”

KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS

If you experienced sexual harassment or other inappropriate actions at the hands of Max Landis, contact our legal team. Our secure messaging service offers a safe space to those speaking out. Your information and comments will be sent directly to our legal team.

Hagens Berman has the knowledge, experience and resources. Our firm strives to protect the rights and safety of victims everywhere. Let us take a stand with you.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT LITIGATION

Our firm's attorneys are experienced in representing victims of sexual harassment and assault. Hagens Berman represents 11 women on behalf of a class of all victims who were harassed or otherwise assaulted by Harvey Weinstein, seeking to hold him and his co-conspirators accountable for a years-long pattern of sexual harassment and cover-ups. When news broke concerning the string of decades of abuse committed by USC's former gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, Hagens Berman quickly joined the fight. We represent more than 50 women against the university and Dr. Tyndall and are approaching finalizing a $215 million settlement in that case. Hagens Berman's attorneys also achieved a nationwide sexual harassment settlement on behalf of 16,000 women and also tried the first ever sexual harassment case in Washington state.

Your claim will be handled by experts in this area of law who will care for your rights.

HAGENS BERMAN'S SEXUAL HARASSMENT LEGAL TEAM

Steve W Berman Hagens Berman AttorneySteve W. Berman, Managing Partner

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Steve Berman co-founded Hagens Berman in 1993 and is the firm’s managing partner. He represents classes of individuals in complex litigation held in state and federal courts and tried the first ever sexual harassment case in Washington state.

Berman’s trial experience has earned him significant recognition and led The National Law Journal to name him one of the 100 most powerful lawyers in the nation, and to repeatedly name Hagens Berman one of the top 10 plaintiffs’ firms in the country. Berman was inspired to build a firm that vociferously fought for the rights of those unable to fight for themselves. His innovative approach, tenacious conviction and impeccable track record have earned him an excellent reputation and numerous historic legal victories. He is considered one of the nation’s most successful class-action attorneys.

He served as lead counsel for the largest settlement in world history against Big Tobacco, the largest antitrust settlement, the largest ERISA settlement and, at time of settlement, the largest U.S. securities settlement and largest automotive settlement in U.S. history, and continues to make strides for consumers across the nation by standing up against Wall Street, Big Pharma and other industries. He is responsible for billions of dollars in settlements and relief to consumers and other groups at risk. full resume »

SHELBY R. SMITH, ASSOCIATE

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Shelby R. Smith is an associate at Hagens Berman's Seattle office where she has dedicated her career to serving vulnerable victims of violent crimes. Ms. Smith worked for 10 years at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, working on cases in a diverse set of areas, including the sexual assault, violent crime, district court, domestic violence, felony filing and special drug units. During her 10 years as a prosecutor, Ms. Smith tried more than 100 felony jury trials. She spent five years in the Domestic Violence Unit and Special Assault Unit where she handled hundreds of cases involving physical and sexual abuse of children and adults. full resume »

WHITNEY SIEHL, ASSOCIATE

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Ms. Siehl focuses on complex class-action and individual cases in the areas of sexual abuse and sexual harassment, and she works tirelessly to advocate for survivors. She represents a class of actresses and entertainment industry professionals against The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein and related companies for sexual assault and racketeering She also represents students and alumnae of the University of Southern California in a class-action lawsuit against USC and Dr. George Tyndall for his alleged decades-long sexual abuse of patients. full resume »

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