The Walt Disney Company hit back at “Black Widow” star Scarlett Johansson, slamming the actress’s breach of contract for showing “callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In a court filing on Thursday, Johansson said that Disney’s decision to send the Marvel movie to Disney Plus at the same time it released in theaters cost her millions of dollars in backend compensation. Those bonuses were tied to hitting box office benchmarks that “Black Widow” likely won’t achieve.
“There is no merit whatsoever to this filing,” Disney said in a statement that minced no words while arguing the company complied with Johansson’s contract. “The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The company went on to state that the star has already received $20 million for her work and argued that “…the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date.”
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