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Mo’Nique Claims She Was Offered The Role Of Cookie On “Empire”

Did Mo’Nique lose a starring role in the hit new series Empire because of her reputation for being difficult?

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Reports Inside Edition:

Mo’Nique told INSIDE EDITION that she was offered the headline making part of Cookie, but instead it went to Taraji P. Henson, who has become Empire’s breakout star.

Mo’Nique explained to INSIDE EDITION’s Les Trent that the show’s creator, Lee Daniels, who directed her in her Oscar winning role in Precious, wanted her to play Cookie.

“When he called me up, he offered me the role in Empire as Cookie,” she said.

Mo’Nique said Daniels even sent her a script.

Mo’Nique explained, “Maybe four days had gone by, and I hadn’t heard anything. So I’m trying to reach out to him to say, what time do I need to be in? Where do I need to be? When he finally returned the call, he says listen, the executives at Fox said that you’re difficult.”

Trent asked, “Mo’Nique are you difficult to work with? This is Lee Daniels, your friend, saying these things.”

“When I hear Mr. Daniels making those comments, he and I know that that’s not true,” she said.

Mo’Nique said her reputation for being difficult may have come from the fact that she wanted to be paid for promoting Precious at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.

Lee Daniels told CNN, “There were demands that were made from her, on the Precious campaign that everyone knows about that hurt her.”

Mo’Nique said, “If you work a job Monday through Friday and you work 40 hours and then your boss says, ‘well I need you to come in on Saturday,’ do you do that for free, or is that considered overtime?”

INSIDE EDITION’s Les Trent asked Mo’Nique about Christian Bale, whose career has thrived despite an on set screaming fit that made headlines around the world.

“Do you think that there is a double standard when it comes to men and women?” Trent asked.

Mo’Nique replied, “Of course there is a double standard but it’s not just in this industry, that’s just life, period.”

We love us some Mo’Nique but we will pick  seeing a glimpse of  Taraji’s booty over Mo’s any day of the week and two times on sunday!

Sorry Mo’!

Chris Brown At Center Of New Criminal Investigation

R&B singer Chris Brown is making headlines this weekend as reports claim he has become the victim of identity theft. According to reports, Breezy’s theft allegedly stems from when he left his jail ID at San Bernardino County Jail last year following a rehab stint in California.

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According to Sohh:

Fast forward to this week … when someone tried to sell the ID online for $10,000. Chris’ lawyer, Mark Geragos, got wind of it and went to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Dept. and said “What the F***?” The Sheriff’s Dept. launched an investigation and traced the ID to someone in the area. We’ve learned cops seized the ID and grilled the guy, who insists he got the ID from a friend who got it from a friend. (TMZ)

Brown recently appeared in court and had his probation revoked for traveling outside of the Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said Brown can remain free at least until a March 20 hearing when the judge will receive an update from probation officials. Brown was ordered by those officials in December not to leave Los Angeles County without permission. However, the Grammy-winning singer performed at a nightclub in San Jose on Jan. 11 without obtaining permission to travel. (AP)

Breezy’s recent appearance during a club shooting also sparked concern.

Brown was also supposed to complete 1,000 hours of community labor by the end of January, but he is still 200 hours short. Additionally, the probation report expressed concern over Sunday’s shooting at a San Jose club. Brown was on stage when five people were injured. (Rap-Up)

Breezy has more drama than an “Empire” episode