Weekend Update: Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney For Lost ‘Black Widow’ Wages, Singer Shakira May Stand Trial For Tax Fraud, George Clooney Caught In Devastating Italian Floods

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We’re tracking the conservative culture clash with woke Hollywood hypocrites to keep you up to date on who’s winning and who we hate.

Here’s what happened today:


“Black Widow” star Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney over the distributor’s choice to stream the film on their platform Disney+ at the same time as the theatrical release.

In what is the first case of a major Hollywood star pushing back against a streaming giant, the complaint, which was filed on Thursday in Los Angeles alleges that Disney knowingly prevented Johansson from getting paid back-end points based on the films box office, which is a paltry $157 million to date.

“Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel,” court papers said.

Johansson’s lawyer, John Berlinski, remarked that the company used COVID-10 as a “pretext” to bump up share prices.

“It’s no secret that Disney is releasing films like ‘Black Widow’ directly onto Disney+ to increase subscribers and thereby boost the company’s stock price,” he said. “This will surely not be the last case where Hollywood talent stands up to Disney and makes it clear that, whatever the company may pretend, it has a legal obligation to honor its contracts.”


Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein lost his bid to get two counts of sexual assault dropped in his Los Angeles court case. His lawyers tried to get the charges dismissed on the basis of the statute of limitations.

Weinstein is on trial again after being convicted of rape and sexual assault of two women in New York. Last week he pleaded not guilty to 11 charges of rape and sexual assault stemming from incidents that took place between 2004 and 2013 after being extradited to California.

If convicted he faces a maximum sentence of 140 years in prison, he is currently serving a 23-year term in New York.

Life Support

Teenage TikTok star Anthony Barajas is on life support following the deadly theater shooting in Corona, California at a Monday night screening of “The Forever Purge.”

Corona’s friend 18-year-old Rylee Goodrich died from her injuries on scene, while Brajas was transported to a local hospital and remains in critical condition.

Police arrested 20-year-old shooter Joseph Jimenez, who they said had no known motive for the “unprovoked” attack.

Assaulting An Officer

New Orleans Pelicans player Jaxson Hayes was reportedly arrested and hospitalized in Los Angeles after a violent altercation with police.

LAPD was called to a local residence for domestic disturbance early Wednesday morning, and when they attempted to check on the involved parties, the NBA star tried to keep them from entering the premises and attacked the officers.

The scuffle intensified to the point the police sent out an “officer needs help” call over the radio, and both Hayes and one of the officers needed to be treated at a nearby hospital.

Hayes was booked on felony battery of a law enforcement officer, and released on $25,000 bail.


Shock rocker Marilyn Manson requested that a judge dismiss “Game of Thrones” actress Esmé Bianco’s sexual assault lawsuit against him.

Manson suggested that Bianco’s “meritless” claims were “a key component of a coordinated attack” by a group women who want to “dishonestly seek to monetize and exploit the #MeToo movement,” court documents said.

The filing claims that Bianco and the other women “spent months plotting, workshopping and fine-tuning their stories to turn what were consensual friendships and relationships with [him] from more than a decade ago into twisted tales that bear no resemblance to reality.”

He went on to insist that the group is desperately trying to conflate the imagery and artistry of [his] ‘shock rock’ stage persona, Marilyn Manson, with fabricated accounts of abuse,” and that her claim is not within the statute of limitation period.

Bianco accused Manson of drugging, torturing, and sexually assaulting her between 2009 and 2011 in a lawsuit filed on April 30th.

Tax Fraud

Columbian pop star Shakira might have to stand trial for tax fraud in a Spanish court, after a judge determined there was “sufficient evidence” that she failed to pay up to $17.2 million in taxes on income she brought in between 2012 and 2014 while living in the country.

Despite having a primary residence in Panama, anyone who lives in Spain for more than six months is required to pay taxes in the country.

The singer’s representatives contend that she didn’t live in Spain until 2015, and has paid all her taxes to date. If found guilty, she faces fines and a possible prison sentence.

Crowd Surfing

“Truth Hurts” singer Lizzo took tot TikTok to clear up a rumor that she killed a fan while diving off stage during one of her concerts.

“I’ve seen a lot of annoying things about me on the Internet, but the thing that bothers me the most is this rumor that I stage dived at a concert and killed somebody,” she commented. “Like that rumor… it’s a lie, first of all! I’ve never stage dived in my life.”

Then tried to prove how less than lethal her jump would be by belly-flopping onto her bed.

“Y’all really gon’ put that on my motherf***ing name?” She argued. “Like, I know I’m big but, bitch, I’m not that f***ing big.” Then captioned the video with “STOP THE 🧢,” which means stop the lies.

Second Chance

Singer Ryan Adams begged for a second chance in the music industry after he was dropped from his record label in the wake of claims that he sexually abused women, including rock star Phoebe Bridgers, and emotionally abused his ex-wife Mandy Moore.

“Please if someone takes a chance on me and this music I’ll bust my ass to support it,” he wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post-Thursday. “Sorry to sound desperate.”

After being dropped from Capitol Records twice, he said, “I know I’m damaged goods. I know I am and they aren’t the ideal thing, but I had a label interested for months and they wasted my time. I’m months from losing my label, studio, and my home.”

He pleaded for help, so he wouldn’t have to relocate to his sister’s home. “I just really want a second chance to make some music — maybe help other people believe you can get up out of the gutter and be something,” Adams whined. “I’m 46 and scared I’m gonna be living in my sister’s basement. If you are a label and interested please let me know [sic].”


George Clooney and his family were caught in the floods that devastated Northern Italy on Tuesday, while vacationing in their Lake Como home.

Clooney, his wife Amal, and their 4-year-old twins were not injured in the mudslides that swept past their home, nor did the extreme weather cause any damage to the property.

The “Ocean’s 11” star was seen helping local residents during the chaos. “It’s so much worse than anybody thinks. We were in Cernobbio and it was very bad, but here in Laglio it’s much worse,” Clooney commented. “They think it could be years and millions of dollars before they fix it up.”

“This town has been here forever, it’s going to continue and it’s going to be stronger and come back better,” he added. “This is a very resilient town.”


An Australian Olympic competitor has a condom to thank for her gold medal victory in the C1 canoe slalom.

After the nose of her boat was damaged earlier in the week, she used the contraceptive to secure a carbon mixture to the front of her kayak.

“Bet you never knew condoms could be used for kayak repairs,” Aussie Jess Fox said in a TikTok video. “It gives the carbon a smooth finish,” she captioned.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

007 due 10-8 hope they do dual mode: Streaming & theatres alone