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 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.
Union is seeking general damages of at least $3 million and a declaration that BET cannot seek more than 13 episodes for any season of Being Mary Jane.
BET did not respond to Deadline’s request for comment about the suit.
Being Mary Jane producer Breakdown Productions also is a defendant in the suit, which claims breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation.