A former UFC fighter has dragged Halle Berry to court for failing to give her a movie role despite making an offer to her.
According to TMZ, Berry is set to release her feature directorial debut Bruised on Netflix and now faces a hitch after fighter Cat Zingano took to her Instagram to claim that Berry passed on her after first offering a role in the movie.
The court documents gleaned by TMZ say that the duo met in summer 2019 to discuss Bruised and that Berry agreed that Zingano was a great fit for the part. The movie follows a mixed martial arts fighter named Jackie Justice.
Zingano says Berry told her to clear her schedule since film production was beginning soon. However, the UFC soon reached out and asked Zingano to take part in a huge fight. She alleges that she spoke to Berry about the opportunity and the actress said Zingano had to turn down the fight offer if she wanted to be involved with the movie, seemingly due to insurance issues.
Zingano mulled over the decision and decided to pass on the fight. However, she says after she was let go from her UFC contract, Berry told her she couldn’t be in the film because they only work with UFC fighters. Zingano also claims Berry stopped speaking to her. The Bellator fighter is now seeking damages, though it’s unclear what she is suing for in particular.