There is little doubt that things are getting messy after Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney, who in turn issued a statement that suggested the Black Widow actress was being callous. Not surprisingly, Johansson's agent has since lashed out at the House of Mouse for the false accusations.
Johansson's lawsuit alleged that Disney had breached her contract by making Black Widow available for digital release. In response, Disney stated that the Avengers: Endgame star's demands were "sad and distressing" as well as "callous" as it disregards the safety of the world at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not surprisingly, people have been defending Johansson. This includes her agent Bryan Lourd of Creative Arts Agency, who issued a statement about the matter.
"[Disney has] shamelessly and falsely accused Ms. Johansson of being insensitive to the global COVID pandemic, in an attempt to make her appear to be someone they and I know she isn't," Lourd said.
In his statement, Lourd also pointed out that Johansson has been working for the House of Mouse for several years and doesn't deserve this kind of treatment.
"Scarlett has been Disney's partner on nine movies, which have earned Disney and its shareholders billions. The company included her salary in their press statement in an attempt to weaponize her success as an artist and businesswoman, as if that were something she should be ashamed of," Lourd said.
The agent added that Johansson will always get the support of the people she works with within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"Scarlett is extremely proud of the work that she and all of the actors, writers, directors, producers and the Marvel creative team have been a part of for well over a decade."
The decision to give Black Widow both a theatrical and digital release was undoubtedly one that was made by Disney. After all, the Marvel team was strongly opposed to making the film available on Disney+ and had been pushing for a full theatrical release.
For now, we are still waiting for more updates on Johansson's lawsuit against Disney. However, there is little doubt that both parties will be releasing more statements in the upcoming week. In the meantime, Black Widow is still screening in theaters and on Disney+.