Page Six reports that Gabrielle Union is suing BET over her show Being Mary Jane. Her lawsuit reads as follows:
“Although BET represented and assured Ms. Union before she agreed to perform in ‘Being Mary Jane’ that it would never produce more than thirteen (13) episodes per season of the series, BET now wants to shoot twenty (20) episodes of the series back-to-back and cram all of the episodes into a single season in order to fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union’s contract, with no additional consideration, and to deprive Ms. Union of her agreed-upon compensation for the next two seasons of ‘Being Mary Jane.’ It is outrageous that BET would treat one of its biggest stars in this manner after all she has done to support the network and contribute to its success.
By way of example, for Season Four of the Series, the Agreement provides that Plaintiffs are to be paid $150,000 per episode for a minimum of thirteen (13) episodes of the Series, and for Season Five of the Series the Agreement provides that Plaintiffs are to be paid $165,000 per episode for a minimum of thirteen (13) episodes of the Series.”
Union is seeking $3 million in damages, and a declaration that BET cannot seek more that 13 episodes for any season of her show Being Mary Jane.