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29 Jul, 4 tweets, 3 min read
Hours after Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney, the company has fired back, slamming the #BlackWidow star’s breach of contract lawsuit for showing “callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“There is no merit whatsoever to this filing,” Disney said in a statement. The company minced no words arguing that they complied with Johansson’s contract, calling her legal filing “especially sad and distressing.”
Earlier today, 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.
The company says 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.”

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