In a bold move, Gina Carano has filed a lawsuit against Disney, marking a three-year legal battle after the entertainment giant severed ties with the star actress from “The Mandalorian” over what it deemed as “offensive” social media posts.
Carano revealed on Tuesday that her decision to pursue legal action was influenced, in part, by an offer from none other than Elon Musk, who had pledged to fund the legal bills of those facing unfair treatment by their employers due to social media posts.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. federal court for the Central District of California, alleges wrongful termination, resulting in the loss of millions of dollars in income for Carano. The legal action aims to compel Lucasfilm to recast her role in the popular “Star Wars” spinoff.
Carano’s contentious relationship with Disney began when she posted a screenshot of a social media post warning about the political climate resembling Nazi Germany. The actress shared a historical perspective, stating, “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children.” This post led to her dismissal, causing a significant uproar and backlash against Disney.
In response to the termination, Musk extended an invitation to Carano to join a lawsuit against Disney, further fueling the controversy. Carano expressed her grievances on social media, emphasizing that her words were consistently twisted to portray her as an “alt-right wing extremist” in a bullying smear campaign.
The actress defended herself against accusations of racism and transphobia, asserting that her posts were often thought-provoking, respectful, and occasionally humorous. She questioned the double standards within Hollywood, pointing out that her male co-stars faced no harassment or termination for expressing their views.
Elaborating on Musk’s involvement, Carano revealed that the Tesla CEO’s offer to provide legal representation for those unfairly fired from the platform X resonated with her. After sending relevant information to Musk’s legal team, they expressed unwavering belief in her case and decided to move forward.
Carano expressed gratitude to Musk and X for giving her the opportunity to bring her case to light. Despite the challenges she faced in the aftermath of her termination, she looks forward to continuing her passion for storytelling and clearing her name.
The lawsuit against Disney is set to be a significant legal battle, challenging the power dynamics within the entertainment industry and raising questions about freedom of speech and corporate accountability. Carano’s case may serve as a precedent for how influential figures like Musk are willing to step in and support individuals facing perceived injustices.