Empire production staff is doubling down and telling tmz more details about Nia’s alleged bad behavior. Nia’s attitude rubbed Taraji P. Henson the wrong way and lead to the women having to shoot separate scenes after things got contentious.
There are a couple incidents in particular that were so ugly that the staff filed an official complaint against Nia, the only one the show’s entire history:
-Of all the guest stars to appear on the show, Nia is alleged to be the only one who would chew the hair and makeup people out after deciding that she hated her look at the last minute, “from rappers to Demi Moore, and no complaints were lodged against anyone but Nia.”
-Another incident, one that appears to be EXTREMELY petty, Nia threatened to sue the show because they did not give her a big grateful “goodbye” after shooting her last scene. Traditionally, when a guest shoots their final scene the Assistant Director makes an announcement and everyone applauds etc. Well, after Long’s final scene, Terrence Howard was having an allergic reaction and the A.D. was frantically searching for Benadryl. Nia didn’t get her big “goodbye” and stormed off with lawsuit threats because the send-off is supposedly a contractual obligation. If true, PETTY.
One unnamed actor on the show allegedly said that Nia was so ugly that they’d never work with her again.
In the new season, Nia plays Lucious Lyon’s ex, who comes back into the picture while he entertains the thought of reuniting with Cookie. Nia’s recurring role is said to have wrapped after season three and sources added that she will not return for season four.
Nia’s rep tells TMZ, “This story is complete nonsense. Throughout her long, established career, Nia has been nothing but a consummate professional treating all members of productions with respect.” The rep goes on, “This is nothing but another complete fabrication about a series that has been plagued by constant rumors of drama and misconduct.”