After the release of her Black Widow movie, Scarlett Johansson has sued Disney, claiming that they are ‘ignoring the contracts of the artists responsible for the success of its films!’ Check out the details! According to new reports, the famous actress and her legal team have filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that when Disney released Black Widow on Disney+ at the same time as it first appeared in theatres, they breached her contract.
E! News have obtained the documents that prove the actress is suing the Walt Disney Company, the official reason being stated as ‘intentional interference with contractual relations and inducing breach of contract.’ The complaint states: ‘Why would Disney forgo hundreds of millions of dollars in box office receipts by releasing the Picture in theaters at a time when it knew the theatrical market was ‘weak,’ rather than waiting a few months for that market to recover? On information and on belief, the decision to do so was made because Disney saw the opportunity to promote its subscription service using the Picture and Ms. Johansson, thereby attracting many new paying monthly subscribers, retaining existing ones, and establishing Disney+ as a must have service in an increasingly competitive marketplace.’ The star’s legal team also claims that Disney previously guaranteed an exclusive release in theaters of the movie, which was important in part because her pay was based on box office earnings as well!
Scarlett’s attorney John Berlinski stated via E! News that ‘It’s no secret that Disney is releasing films like Black Widow directly onto Disney+ to increase subscribers and thereby boost the company’s stock price–and that it’s hiding behind COVID-19 as a pretext to do so. But ignoring the contracts of the artists responsible for the success of its films in furtherance of this short-sighted strategy violates their rights and we look forward to proving as much in court. This will surely not be the last case where Hollywood talent stands up to Disney and makes it clear that, whatever the company may pretend, it has a legal obligation to honor its contracts.’ Earlier today, a spokesperson for Disney released a statement about the lawsuit, calling it ‘sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,’ obviously arguing that the company had shared the movie on their platform purely because of the pandemic and no other reason. Furthermore, they insisted that they had ‘fully complied’ with the actress’ contract.