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.