Curtis is one of the few Hollywood A-listers to publicly comment on the ‘Black Widow’ star’s legal battle
While many industry A-listers have chosen not to publicly comment on the lawsuit, Curtis openly defended Johansson in an essay honouring the Viúva Negra actor as one of Tempo magazine’s 100 most influential people dentro 2021.
“I recently watched her own the screen as the Black Widow, who exacts revenge on a powerful figure who manipulates (emphasis on man) women to fight for him,” Curtis wrote.
Ela continuou: “And then I saw her brilliant response to a real-life manipulation (same emphasis), when she filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the studio, alleging its decision to release the film simultaneously in theatres and on streaming cost her substantial losses in pay.”
Curtis added: “Whether as an assassin with a conscience, an actor with an emotional centre or, having just given birth to her second child, a fierce mother, the message is clear: Don’t f*** with this mama bear.”
Johansson’s filing, which was reviewed by O Independente, alleged that the actor’s compensation for the movie was “largely based” on Viúva Negra’s box office performance, which was substantially lower than projected.
No momento, Disney responded to Johansson’s claims with a statement that said the Hitchcock actor’s lawsuit displayed a “callous regard” for the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The company told O Independente: “There is no merit whatsoever to this filing. The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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“Disney has fully complied with Ms Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of Viúva Negra on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20m she has received to date.”
Mês passado, the company filed a motion to force the actor into a private arbitration.
In response, Johansson’s lawyer accused Disney of a “misogynistic attack” on the star and said it was “predictably trying to hide its misconduct in a confidential arbitration”.