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Actress Gabrielle Union is suing the BET network, under allegations that they are trying to extend her contract on the series “Being Mary Jane”, unfairly. In the suit filed Union filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, she is alleging breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation, maintaining that she signed on to BET drama for no more than 13 episodes per season. This would permit her time to take on other work, primarily in film. Union’s complaints says that series creators Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil  said that production would never supercede 13 episodes.

Not at issue were Season 1 which premiered in 2013 with eight episodes, or Season 2 with 12 episodes. In Season 3, Union received a raise and was made executive producer for 10 episodes.  However the suit alleges that BET now wants to shoot 10 episodes of Seasons 4 and 5 back-to-back, requiring her to film 20 consecutive episodes. Union is contracted to be paid $150,000 per episode for Season 4 and $165,000 per episode for Season 5. She is seeking $1 million in damages and a commitment from BET to no more 13 episodes per season.

BET released a statement saying, “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.”

 

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