Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over ‘Black Widow’ Streaming Release
Black Widow star, Scarlett Johansson, sets her sites on Disney in a new lawsuit filed today over the company streaming her film on the Disney+ service.
The story, which first dropped in The Wall Street Journal, claims Scarlett Johansson, filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Disney, alleging her contract was breached when Disney released the film on its Disney+ streaming service at the same time as its theatrical debut.
Ms. Johansson said in the suit that her agreement with Disney’s Marvel Entertainment guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release, and her salary was based in large part on the box-office performance of the film.
“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,” the suit said.
“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,” said John Berlinski, an attorney at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP who represents Ms. Johansson.
Disney couldn’t be reached immediately for comment.