What’s the latest in the Disney, ‘Black Widow’ lawsuit?
Per USA Today, Walt Disney Company filed a statement last Friday that looked to move the “Black Widow” lawsuit out of the public arena and behind closed doors.
- The company asked to settle the lawsuit through “binding arbitration” in New York City.
This is the first time Disney filed anything in the case since Johansson filed a lawsuit back on July 29. As the Deseret News reported, Johansson said her contract with Marvel was breached because “Black Widow” was released on Disney+ and in movie theaters at the same time.
- Disney said on Friday that the case has “no merit,” per USA Today.
- “There is nothing in the Agreement requiring that a ‘wide theatrical release’ also be an ‘exclusive’ theatrical release,” Petrocelli wrote in the filing, according to USA Today.
Johansson’s lawyer, John Berlinski, slammed Disney on Monday, saying the company is trying to hide its lawsuit from the public, per Deadline.
- “After initially responding to this litigation with a misogynistic attack against Scarlett Johansson, Disney is now, predictably, trying to hide its misconduct in a confidential arbitration,” he said, according to Deadline.
- “Why is Disney so afraid of litigating this case in public?” he asked. “Because it knows that Marvel’s promises to give ‘Black Widow’ a typical theatrical release ‘like its other films’ had everything to do with guaranteeing that Disney wouldn’t cannibalize box office receipts in order to boost Disney+ subscriptions,” he said. “Yet that is exactly what happened — and we look forward to presenting the overwhelming evidence that proves it.”
Disney wants to have a hearing on Oct. 15 on the arbitration matter, Deadline reports. Johansson’s team has not responded to the request yet.