HipHollywood can confirm that Gabrielle Union filed a lawsuit against BET for breach of contract.
According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Union claims that BET agreed to never produce more than 13 episodes per season of their hit show, Being Mary Jane. But here’s where the breach of contract comes into play.
Per the documents, obtained by HipHollywood.com, executives are trying to combine Seasons 4 and 5 to get as much out of Union as possible and to avoid the star’s “contractual raise and to extend its option to engage her services for another year.”
Per Marty Singer, Union’s attorney, the network is trying to tape two 10-episode seasons 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.”
Dwyane Wade’s wife is apparently set to receive $150,000 per episode for Season 4 and $165,000 per episode for Season 5. The lawsuit also states that Union would not have agreed to star in the hit drama if these were the terms.
Singer tells HipHollywood exclusively, “We filed this lawsuit because of BET’s outrageous conduct toward its number one star on its highest rated show.”
The 43-year-old is seeking damages of at least $1 million and an order that her contract be amended to reflect that there be a maximum of 13 episodes per season.
Cocktails & Coins! Inside Aisha Tyler’s Wild Life After Divorce & Departure From ‘The Talk’
Aisha Tyler went through a few MAJOR life changes over the past two years and now, the actress is back on top living life to the fullest.
In 2016, Tyler’s college love and husband of 20 years, Jeff Tietjens, filed for divorce from the actress. As if that weren’t an emotional challenge to overcome, Tyler was then ordered to pay Tietjens $31,250 a month in spousal support for the next four years, plus a lump sum of $500k.
Following the emotional split, Tyler’s career then took a big turn when she walked away from CBS’s The Talk. Just eight months ago, the actress left the show to pursue other passions. “I also have three other series (Criminal Minds, hosting Whose Line Is It Anyway? and voicing a character on Archer),” the actress said during the big announcement. “People always go, ‘How do you do all that?’ And I don’t always have an answer.”
While it might sound like Tyler’s woes and 360 of a life might seem completely damaging, it all turned for the better. “The unknown can be very compelling and can be interesting. Instead of thinking about it as change, think about it as dynamism,” she told HipHollywood during the screening of Dwyane Wade’s, Shot in the Dark.
She explained, “You can’t stay the same, your life can’t stay the same. Staying the same is staying in place and staying in place is dying slowly. For me, I always reminded myself I’m not always going to feel this way, it’s not always going to be this tuff.”
“You cannot get through this experience on this planet without a little bit of pain and you need to know that and see that it’s temporary,” Aisha said. “My life is so interesting now and it wouldn’t have been without going through the stuff that I’ve been through. It’s been good for me; all this change.”
The actress is not only the star of some major network shows, but she also is about to launch her new cocktail line, Courage and Stone. “It’s been a really really exciting process,” she told us. “It really came out of my love of cocktails, my love of going to great bars and then going home and being like ‘I don’t know how to do all this.'”
Tyler then admitted that she was a whiskey girl at heart and that when she left the Talk “Julie Chen put me in a whiskey of the month club. She she’s doubled my collection in the last couple of months.”
Set to releae late spring early summer 2018.
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