Black Widow actress, Scarlett Johansson, is suing the Walt DisneyCo. over its streaming of the Marvel superhero movie,”Black Widow” at the same time it played in movie theatres.
Her lawyers allege that this was a breach in her contract, which stated she was guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release, and deprived her of potential earnings.
The lawsuit said that, “In the months leading up to this lawsuit, Ms. Johansson gave Disney and Marvel every opportunity to right their wrong and make good on Marvel’s promise. Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the Agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel.”
Disney issued a response, stating that there was “no merit” to the lawsuit and that it had complied with her contract.
Disney said in a statement that, “The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M (€16.8 million) she has received to date.”
Sources: BBC, IOL, MSN
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