Disney isn’t backing down in its battle against Scarlett Johansson. Shots have been fired from both sides, starting with Johansson, who filed suit against the House of Mouse citing breach of contract for releasing Black Widow on the streamer while it was still in theaters, and imperiling her box office cut.
Disney responded, calling her lawsuit “callous” and revealing her high level of compensation ($20 million), implying she was being greedy. Several organizations, including Time’s Up, denounced Disney’s “gendered” attack on Johansson. Now, Disney lawyer Daniel Petrocelli tells Variety that her demands are out of bounds.
“It is obvious that this is a highly orchestrated PR campaign to achieve an outcome that is not obtainable in the lawsuit,” Petrocelli said. “No amount of public pressure can change or obscure the explicit contractual commitments. The written contract is clear as a bell.”