Actress Gabrielle Union fired off a lawsuit against BET, claiming the network tried to short-change her by stuffing more episodes into a single season of her show "Being Mary Jane" than she agreed upon, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Union is slated for a raise from R2.1Million ($150,000) per episode to R2.4Million ($165,000) in Season 5 and believes the network is attempting to "fraudulently extend" the terms of her contract, according to the lawsuit.
The contract she signed, however, does permit the network to make a season a maximum of 26 episodes, but Union reportedly says that provision is standard for deals signed by the Viacom media conglomerate and that she was repeatedly promised they'd never go beyond 13 episodes for her show, according to TMZ.
She's reportedly seeking upwards of R14Million ($1 million) in damages and wants her contract to guarantee they won’t go beyond the episode limit they allegedly promised her.Execs at BET, meanwhile, insist they did nothing wrong.
"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," the network declared in a statement, according to Deadline.
Production has already begun for the fourth season of "Being Mary Jane.
Being Mary Jane (Season 1) airs on SABC 1 Sundays at 20h00.