BLACK WIDOW Star Scarlett Johansson Said To Be "Shocked" By Disney's Response To Her Lawsuit
We recently learned that Scarlett Johansson has sued Disney over the simultaneous theatrical and streaming release of Black Widow, and the Mouse House's response is said to have shocked the actress.
The messy Scarlett Johansson/Disney saga continues, with a new report claiming that the actress was far from impressed by the company's response to her lawsuit filing.
As we recently reported, the Black Widow star is in the process of taking legal action against the Walt Disney Co., alleging that her contract was breached when the Marvel Studios movie was released on Disney+ and in theaters simultaneously. Disney's response called the filing "sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic."
Johansson's representatives told The Wrap that the Avengers: Endgame star was "shocked by the tone" of Disney's statement, and it's not hard to see why.
Marvel's Kevin Feige is also said to be "angry and embarrassed" by Disney's handling of the situation, and Johansson's agent and CAA co-chairman Bryan Lourd has since released a statement of his own, hitting back at the Mouse House for "shamelessly and falsely accusing Ms. Johansson of being insensitive to the global COVID pandemic, in an attempt to make her appear to be someone they and I know she isn't."
"The company included her salary in their press statement in an attempt to weaponize her success as an artist and businesswoman, as if that were something she should be ashamed of," Lourd continued, adding that the lawsuit was filed as "a result of Disney’s decision to knowingly violate Scarlett's contract."
We're sure both parties would rather this situation was resolved as quickly and as quietly as possible, but if the past few days are any indication, things are only going to get nastier moving forward. We'll be sure to keep you guys updated on any developments.