Disney CEO Bob Chapek responds to Scarlett Johansson's $50 million lawsuit regarding the release of "Black Widow." Chapek maintains that Disney has "fully complied" with Johansson's contract and dismisses her accusations as baseless. He argues that the pandemic necessitated the film's simultaneous release in theaters and on Disney+, which ultimately enhanced Johansson's compensation. Chapek also highlights Disney's support for Johansson, citing sizable payments she has already received and the potential of an additional $1 million from premiere bonuses. Nonetheless, he accuses Johansson of demonstrating a "callous disregard" for the well-being of others affected by the pandemic.
2023/09/04

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek responded to Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit over the streaming release of Black Widow by defending the company's "last-minute calls" and "flexibility" during the pandemic. Chapek stated that the resurgence of COVID-19 was unforeseen, but Disney values the ability to make quick decisions. He defended the hybrid release strategy, claiming it allowed them to reach a broader audience. A lawyer for Disney also criticized Johansson's lawsuit as a PR stunt and stated that her compensation already included Disney Premier Access revenue.

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