After that, BET began paying Mattocks $30 an hour for freelance social media work, according to her lawsuit. The network made several offers for the Facebook page, but the two sides could not reach an agreement.
Eventually, BET and Mattocks reached an agreement in February 2011 allowing the network access to the Facebook page and promising not to exclude her. BET made another offer to pay her more than $4,100 a month for a three-year period, which she rejected. She then decided in summer 2012 to “demote” BET’s administrative access to the page.
It was then that BET terminated its agreement with Mattocks, and her page was removed from Facebook’s site. BET’s own Facebook page for “The Game” grew quickly to more than 6.2 million “likes,” according to the lawsuit.
Mattocks is asking for unspecified damages for several claims, including breach of contract and “breach of good faith and fair dealing.”
In its response, BET contends that it was Mattocks who violated their agreement over use of the Facebook page when she restricted the network’s access. BET’s attorney say in court papers that the network was “seeking to protect its intellectual property by halting what it concluded was (Mattocks’) unauthorized use of that property.”