Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit is described by a Disney lawyer as a “orchestrated public relations campaign.”

The legal battle between Disney and Scarlett Johansson is still making headlines. After describing Johansson’s decision to sue Disney as “sad and troubling in disregard for the horrific and prolonged overall effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Disney’s Attorney Daniel Petrocelli described the actor’s suit as a “highly organized PR campaign.”

“It’s clear that it’s a carefully organized public relations campaign to achieve a result that is not achievable in the case,” Petrocelli told. “No amount of public pressure can change or obscure express contractual obligations.” “The written contract makes it crystal clear,” he added.

Johansson’s lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court

According to The Wall Street Journal, Johansson’s lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on July 29. The Black Widow actor stated that her contract with the Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment guaranteed that the movie would be exclusively released in theaters and that the film would be paid on the basis of its performance in the box office.

According to the lawsuit, “Disney purposefully 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 film was released in theaters as well as on the studio’s streaming service. According to Johansson, the decision limited the film’s box office prospects, denying her the opportunity to earn the pre-determined bonuses.

Petrocelli, on the other hand, defended Disney’s decision to make the film available on the streaming platform, describing it as a boon for Johansson because the box office tally is based on this revenue for computer bonuses. Black Widow was priced at $29.99 on Disney Premier Access. Disney shares a portion of its revenue with its distributors, but the studios’ share is based on actor bonuses, he explained.

“To meet the contract’s bonus requirements, we treat Disney Premier Access (revenue) as a box office. This only benefited Ms. Johansson’s finances “Petrocelli stated.

Disney felt comfortable releasing streaming numbers for the first time with Black Widow. According to reports, the Black Widow’s Disney+ Premier Access release alone paid the media conglomerate $60 million in the first weekend. This was in addition to a $158 million box office, making it by far the best pandemic solution. Premier Access was a huge success for Disney, but it was clearly not the right fit for Scarlett Johansson.


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