Nia Long has reportedly found a nemesis in her peer Taraji P. Henson.
Details on their supposed clashing below…
Long, who joined Henson’s series ‘Empire’ recently, reportedly bullied members of the show’s hair and makeup staff in between scenes much to Taraji’s disgust.
This, coupled with her “habitual lateness”, is said to have sparked a feud between the ladies and forced several members of the show’s production team to file an official complaint about her to its bosses.
Our various sources are scoffing at Nia’s reps, who claim the stories about the actress are made up. Our sources say there were numerous incidents, but 3 are still vivid.
Our sources say in the history of the show the hair and makeup people have only filed one formal complaint for mistreatment … and that was against Nia. The hair and makeup people say she was extremely disrespectful … at times deciding she didn’t like her look at the last minute and then chewing them out. The sources say there have been numerous guest appearances on the show — “from rappers to Demi Moore, and no complaints were lodged against anyone but Nia.”
— Our sources say Nia was “habitually late.” They say Taraji and Terrence Howard would sometimes be waiting on set for 30 minutes and Nia was a no-show. Producers would finally use a stand-in for Nia so Taraji and Terrence could rehearse a scene.
— It is custom on the set when guest stars finish their last scene for the Assistant Director to call it out … “This is (name of actor) last scene,” followed by a “thank you” and applause. When Nia did her last scene, Terrence was having some sort of allergic reaction and his lip began swelling. The A.D. was looking for Benadryl when Nia left. It’s unclear if the A.D. was distracted or just didn’t want to thank Nia, but we’re told as Nia walked out she told someone in production she was going to sue the show because the “goodbye” was in her contract. Production sources say it was not in her contract.
Nia‘s camp responded with…
We stand by our comments this morning that Nia has always, and continues to be, a consummate professional on set. In respect to her working relationships with the cast, she came onto this project, in the first place, because of her long-standing friendship and professional relationship with Terrence Howard.
We are not aware of any complaint, suit or case against her from anyone involved in the show, and we find the timing of all of these stories to be very suspicious, given that the series returns tonight.
Alas, this has done little to silence the claims presented to the press by the show’s staff who claim that they were were traumatised by her tardiness and rudeness.