‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit: Scarlett Johansson’s talent agency slams Disney for accusing her of disregarding public Covid-19 risks
Recently, Scarlett Johansson filed what is shaping up to be a monumental lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company for allegedly breaching her contract by releasing "Black Widow" on Disney+ at the same time it hit theatres.
At issue is Disney's contractual obligation to pay Johansson a percentage of the movie's theatrical haul, which was negatively impacted by the simultaneous streaming release. According to Johansson's lawsuit, Disney allegedly failed to negotiate a compromise before pushing "Black Widow" onto Disney+.
The lawsuit triggered a response from Disney, which fired back at Johansson in a statement, and now, her talent agency, CAA, is getting involved in making this an all-out war in the press. In a fiery retort, CAA co-chairman Bryan Lourd blasted Disney for accusing Johansson of being "insensitive" to the pandemic and airing her salary in an attempt to allegedly "weaponize her success."
According to Variety, Lourd said that Disney has shamelessly and falsely accused Johansson of being insensitive to the global pandemic, in an attempt to make her appear to be someone they and he knows she is not.
Lourd also suggested Disney was not playing fair by publicly revealing Johansson's $20 million salary for the Marvel Entertainment movie. That figure had not previously been shared publicly.