Mo’Nique is coming for everything she is owed!
According to AP Mo’Nique sued Paramount and CBS on Wednesday, seeking what the Oscar-winning actor and comedian says are unpaid royalties from her sitcom “The Parkers.”
On Instagram, she wrote:
Today we filed a lawsuit to make sure that we are fairly paid money that we are owed for “The Parkers”.
Actors rely on the good faith of Hollywood companies to honor their profit participation agreements.
The Parkers was a huge success and continues to be a source of revenue through syndication and streaming channels.
To further make my point, the Executive Producers of “The Parkers” took legal action for the same concerns that I have, and they’ve already settled.
Unfortunately, all too often, talent gets kept in the dark. We’re looking forward to shedding some light on the subject!
I LOVE US 4REAL!!
The suit was filed by Hicks Media, the production company Mo’Nique owns with her husband and business partner, Sidney Hicks.
It names as defendants CBS Studios, Paramount Pictures and the show’s production company Big Ticket Productions. It seeks monetary damages to be determined at trial.
Emails seeking comment were sent to representatives of the defendants.
The suit says the series’ creators and writers have been similarly underpaid, and that Mo’Nique learned of the alleged breach of contract when they recently filed a similar lawsuit.
“I just want the contractual compensation that I’ve earned,” Mo’Nique said in a statement.
“The Parkers,” a spinoff of the sitcom “Moesha,” ran for five seasons and 110 episodes on the now-defunct network UPN, a forerunner of The CW, from 1999 to 2004. Mo’Nique starred as Nikki Parker, a mother who returns to the same college her daughter is attending.
The show has been rerun in syndication in various forms since, and has been available for streaming on Netflix since 2020.
In a previous lawsuit, Mo’Nique sued Netflix for race and sex discrimination in its offer for a proposed comedy special, accusing the streaming service of giving her a lowball offer that was part of a larger company tendency to underpay black women. The suit was settled last year.
“Mo’Nique is not shy about taking on these David vs. Goliath battles in Hollywood to challenge these questionable practices that are endemic to the industry,” David deRubertis, one of her attorneys in both lawsuits, said in a statement.