Famed actress Gabrielle Union (pictured) has embarked on a legal battle against a major cable television network, which is the broadcasting home of her hit TV show “Being Mary Jane.”
According to CNN Money, the 42-year-old “Birth of a Nation” film star has filed a lawsuit against BET and Breakdown Productions Inc. for a number of alleged torts, including negligent misrepresentation. Union’s lawsuit was filed Tuesday (October 11th) in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Court documents reveal that Union stated she did not agree to a contract, which would require her to shoot more than 13 episodes of “Being Mary Jane” per season. Union maintains that she wants flexibility and time to continue pursuing her film career without being bogged down by over committing to the TV show.
Union’s lawsuit claims that during a 2012 meeting with the show’s creators, she was assured that executives “would never be able to produce more than 13 episodes of the series per season.” Union’s suit also said that BET backed those claims, stating that only 10 to 13 episodes would be filmed each season.
But now, Union is under the impression that BET wants to film 20 back-to-back episodes in succession during the fourth and fifth seasons of the show, which would “fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union’s contract,” according to the lawsuit.
BET issued a statement today expressing the network’s reaction to Union’s lawsuit. The statement partially reads as follows:
“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.”
Union is set to make some big money for appearing on “Being Mary Jane” in the upcoming future. For Season 4 of the show, she is set to make $150,000 dollars per episode. During Season 5, her per episode fee goes up to $165,000. Union’s lawsuit is seeking $1 million dollars in damages.