“We filed this lawsuit because of BET’s outrageous conduct.”
|Gabrielle Union on Being Mary Jane|
The 17-page lawsuit, which Deadline has provided here, claims BET wants Union to film two 10-episode seasons of Jane back to back, despite the fact that her contract calls for each season to be a maximum of 13 episodes. The back-to-back filming exceeds that maximum, and will also seemingly prohibit Union from taking a break between seasons.
Additionally, Singer says this would affect Union’s salary. The star is currently making $150,000 per episode of Season 4, and is to receive a raise each season.
“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,” the suit says, “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.”
Representatives for BET sent Vanity Fair the following 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.”