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Disney Wants to Settle Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit Behind Closed Doors

Disney reportedly is pushing to settle a lawsuit brought by “Black Widow” star Scarlett Johansson behind closed doors.

According to USA Today, the company filed a motion at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, and in the documents, their attorney Daniel Petrocelli argued that the contract between Disney and Periwinkle Entertainment Inc., the company representing Johansson, included an agreement to settle any disputes through “binding arbitration” in New York City.

This privacy request comes after Johansson filed suit on July 29, alleging her contract with Marvel was breached when “Black Widow” was released on the Disney+ streaming service at the same time as in theaters.

In Friday’s filing, Disney argued the complaint put forth by Johansson and Periwinkle Entertainment has “no merit.”

“There is nothing in the Agreement requiring that a ‘wide theatrical release’ also be an ‘exclusive’ theatrical release,” Petrocelli wrote.

The report continued:

Petrocelli cited box office numbers, noting that the combined opening weekend revenue from ticket sales in theaters and Disney + Premiere Access receipts totaled more than $135 million. That surpassed other Marvel Cinematic Universe films that were released before the pandemic, including “Thor: The Dark World,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Reacting to this, Johansson’s attorney John Berlinski told USA TODAY in a statement: “Disney is now, predictably, trying to hide its misconduct in a confidential arbitration. Why is Disney so afraid of litigating this case in public?”

Berlinski and his team “look forward” to presenting evidence to prove Disney’s alleged wrongdoing, he said.

The case’s first hearing is scheduled for Oct. 15 in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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