U.S. actress Scarlett Johansson has begun a legal fight against Walt Disney Studios. The tug-of-war took another turn as Disney Studios tried to resolve the conflict.
In her lawsuit lodged last month, Black Widow argued that Disney studio scammed her millions of dollars in box office gains by simultaneously releasing the female superhero film to theaters and Disney Plus. The movement of the studios greatly lowered her income under a contract with the studios according to the actress, who believes that the studios violated the contract.
Disney executives at Scarlett Johansson asked that the lawsuit be handled by arbitration. They highlighted the agreement with Periwinkle Entertainment of Scarlett Johansson – the business through which Johansson negotiated its contract and the formal plaintiff in the action.
Periwinkle agreed to employ arbitration in order to resolve any “issues resulting from or concerning the acting services of Scarlett Johansson for Black Widow” according to Disney.
“To prevent this unavoidable conclusion, Periwinkle ruled out Marvel as a party to the litigation – substituting its Disney parent company for contractual interference grounds, and generated advertising by means of a public file. But long-standing principles do not allow such a game, “Motion from Disney remarked.
Scarlett Johansson, although she engaged into a contract with Marvel, and not Disney, did not include Marvel in her complaint, stating that Disney forced Marvel to break its contractual conditions.
‘Periwinkle’s claim that Marvel infringed the agreement, and Disney’s argument that violations or infringements of the agreement have no merit,’ claimed Disney in its motion answering Scarlett Johansson’s claim.
During the outbreak, Black Widow was the most profitable domestic image, totalling $179.3 million. Disney also revealed in their move on Friday that the photograph had garnered “more than $125 million in streaming and downloading retail receipts.”
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