Mo’Nique, the Oscar-winning comic and star of UPN’s The Parkers, claims she is owed “hundreds of thousands that may in any other case be contractually due” in royalties from her hit sitcom.
“I simply need the contractual compensation that I’ve earned,” she stated in a press release alongside her breach-of-contract lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Courtroom on Wednesday. A replica of the go well with obtained by Vainness Truthful alleges that defendants CBS Studios, Paramount Photos, and Huge Ticket Productions retained unpaid contractual compensation owed to Mo’Nique’s manufacturing firm, Hicks Media, which she co-owns together with her husband and enterprise accomplice, Sidney Hicks. (Vainness Truthful has reached out to reps for CBS Studios and Paramount World for remark.)
“Whereas [The Parkers] has confirmed to be a significant monetary success for its producers and distributors, the sequence’ expertise haven’t been permitted to share within the fruits of that success,” the lawsuit states. The go well with additionally alleges that an audit by the sequence’ writers and creators concluded that the defendants “inequitably structured the sequence’ funds to artificially depress its profitability and retain hundreds of thousands that may in any other case be contractually due and owing to Plaintiff.”
A spin-off of Moesha that ran for 5 seasons from 1999 to 2004, The Parkers has aired in reruns on numerous channels within the years since. In 2020, it grew to become obtainable to stream on Netflix. Mo’Nique sued the streamer in 2019 for discrimination for allegedly failing to barter in good religion on a 2018 stand-up enterprise—a go well with that was settled out of courtroom in June 2022. She ultimately teamed with Netflix for her newest comedy particular, My Identify Is Mo’Nique, which debuted on April 4.
“Mo’Nique will not be shy about taking over these David-versus-Goliath battles in Hollywood to problem these questionable practices which are endemic to the trade,” stated one among her attorneys, David deRubertis, in a press release. “The Parkers clearly demonstrates that after 24 consecutive years of airing domestically and globally, it nonetheless generates cash for its licensors and licensees, or else it could not have been working this lengthy.”
Mo’Nique, whose manufacturing firm seeks financial damages to be decided at trial, has typically spoken of the inequity she’s skilled in Hollywood. “I felt the identical injustices and inequalities that every one the Black girls who got here to Hollywood earlier than me felt. Oftentimes individuals name that anger. They name it bitterness. They name it unstable,” she instructed The Hollywood Reporter in a current profile. “They offer all of it these titles besides what it truly is.”