Gabrielle Union is suing BET for breach of contract over her show Being Mary Jane. Her attorney, Marty singer, filed the lawsuit Tuesday claiming that the network is trying to squeeze more work out of her by taping 20 episodes back-to-back to “cram all of the episodes into a single season in order to fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union’s contract.”
According Gabrielle, she signed on to do the show with the stipulation that she would tape no more than 13 episodes per season so she would still have time to make movies. Under her contract, she is set to receive $150,000 per episode for season 4 and $165,000 per episode for season 5. The lawsuit says that BET is trying to combine seasons 4 and 5 to avoid having to pay for her contractual raise or extend its option to hire her for another year, reports ABC.
“We filed this lawsuit because of BET’s outrageous conduct toward its No. 1 star on its highest-rated show,” Singer told ABC News.
BET said in a statement, “While we hold Gabrielle Union in the highest esteem, we feel strongly that we are contractually well within our rights and are committed to reaching a swift and positive resolution in this matter.”
Meanwhile, Gabby is busy promoting her movie Birth Of A Nation, with the latest stop in London. She posed on the red carpet with her costars and took some selfies with fans.