Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique sued CBS and Paramount for reportedly retaining millions of dollars worth of royalties from the TV sitcom The Parkers.

Mo’Nique’s production company, Hicks Media, filed the breach-of-contract lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that CBS and Paramount “artificially depressed” the show’s profitability in an attempt to “retain millions that would otherwise be contractually due” to Hicks Media.

“While [The Parkers] has proven to be a major financial success for its producers and distributors, the series’ talent have not been permitted to share in the fruits of that success,” the lawsuit alleges.

Mo’Nique took to Instagram on Thursday to confirm the lawsuit, writing that “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.”


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“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,” the 55-year-old acclaimed comedian continued.

“We’re looking forward to shedding some light on the subject! I LOVE US 4REAL!!”

Mo’Nique recently appeared in her first Netflix comedy special My Name Is Mo’Nique, which was released on April 4.

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