The star is suing the Black Entertainment Television network for at least $3 million (£2.4 million) for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation, claiming TV bosses are trying to cut back on paying her for full seasons of the show.

Three seasons of the show have already aired and network chiefs confirmed in January (16) that they had renewed the series for a fourth. But now the fourth and fifth seasons are being filmed back to back, and in her lawsuit, Union has accused the BET bosses of trying to pay her less money by taping two seasons together.

"BET now wants to shoot 20 episodes of the series back-to-back and cram all of the episodes into a single season in order to fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union’s contract, with no additional consideration, and to deprive Ms. Union of her agreed-upon compensation for the next two seasons of Being Mary Jane," the suit claims. "It is outrageous that BET would treat one of its biggest stars in this manner after all she has done to support the network and contribute to its success."

BET executives addressed the drama on Wednesday (12Oct16), releasing a statement that read: "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."