Gabrielle Union Sues BET

According to Deadline, Gabrielle Union is suing BET because the network allegedly didn’t honor their agreement regarding her breaks in between seasons.

Deadline writes:

 The future of BET’s signature drama Being Mary Jane could be in doubt after its star Gabrielle Union filed a multimillion-dollar breach of contract lawsuit against the cable net today. “We filed this lawsuit because of BET’s outrageous conduct toward its No. 1 star on its highest rated show,” Union’s attorney Marty Singer told Deadline tonight.

Filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, the 17-page suit (read it here) claims that although Union’s contract calls for no more than 13 episodes a season, BET ordered 10-episode fourth and fifth seasons of the series to be shot back-to-back. Union says she and the network agreed to those terms, as long as she got a break in filming.

Being Mary Jane has seen a series of negotiations between star and network since the show launched in 2013. Union and BET made a deal for maximum 13-episode seasons so the actress could continue to pursue movie roles.

BET responded with the following statement to Deadline:

“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.”

Gabby is suing the network for $3 million.

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  1. BET needs to get it together. Any smart actor wants to be able to get as much work as possible so breaks need to be honored.

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