Comedian and Oscar-nominated actress Mo’Nique “amicably” settled a 2017 lawsuit against Netflix in which she claimed she was given a “low” offer for a comedy special and then retaliated when she swore.
According to Hollywood Reporterboth parties agreed to drop any legal action in exchange for an undisclosed settlement.
At the time, Mo’Nique leveled allegations of racial and gender discrimination against the streaming service, saying the $500,000 the streamer offered her paled in comparison to the multimillion-dollar deals made by Netflix. Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer and others.
For her part, Mo’Nique said she couldn’t accept the deal at the time, knowing her name would be used as a way to lower the asking price for other black women’s comics like Tiffany Haddish and others.
“When Mo’Nique, one of the most famous black comedians in America, faced such an anachronistic attitude, she knew it was time to challenge the status quo,” her lawyer said. Michael W. Parksin a statement at the time.
Netflix denied precious Oscar nominee allegations of discrimination.
However, Hollywood Reporter notes that the federal judge hearing the case agreed with Mo’Nique’s claims, calling it “plausible” that her name and her salary – if she agreed to it – could be used “in talent management in the entertainment industry.”
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