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Gina Carano Files Lawsuit Against Disney For Termination From ‘The Mandalorian,’ Backed By Elon Musk’s Financial Support

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BY February 7, 2024

Actress Gina Carano filed legal action against Disney and Lucasfilm on Tuesday. She further alleged wrongful termination from her role in The Mandalorian in 2021. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in California, revolves around her dismissal from The Mandalorian series. Disney fired actress following a social media post in which she drew a comparison between being a Republican and being Jewish during the Holocaust. In the lawsuit, Carano alleges wrongful termination and discrimination, seeks court intervention to force Lucasfilm to rehire her and seeks a minimum of $75,000 in punitive damages.

Elon Musk financially supports the lawsuit. It also aligns with his commitment to cover legal fees for people who allege discrimination because of his Twitter/X posts. It’s noteworthy that the contested posts, however, originated from Carano’s Instagram Stories.

Gina Carano Sues Disney Over ‘The Mandalorian’ Termination, Supported by Elon Musk’s Funding

“As a sign of X Corp.’s commitment to free speech, we are proud to provide financial support for Gina Carano’s lawsuit. We are enabling her to pursue vindication of her free speech rights at X and the ability to work without intimidation, harassment or discrimination,” Joe Benarroch, X’s Chief Business Operations Officer, said in a statement.

Carano played Cara Dune, a rebel soldier turned mercenary. She was also in the first two seasons of The Mandalorian, which is available on Disney+. However, she faced immediate criticism in February 2021 when she reposted content from another Instagram account.

“Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views,” The contents of the post stated.

On the same day as the post, both Lucasfilm and UTA, Carano’s agency at the time, severed ties with her. It is important to note that Carano does not name UTA as a defendant in the lawsuit. The legal action asserts that Disney bears responsibility for Carano’s agency terminating their association with the actress.

In Carano’s lawsuit, it was embellished with several intricate Star Wars references. She further argues that Disney and Lucasfilm…. “made it clear that only an orthodoxy in thought, speech or action was acceptable in their empire. Moreover, those who dared to question or did not fully comply with the orthodoxy would not be tolerated.”

The plaintiff highlights earlier social media posts by Star Wars actors Pedro Pascal and Mark Hamill. These posts equated President Donald Trump and his supporters with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Gina Carano presents this as evidence of discrimination by Disney, alleging a double standard in which political statements by male co-stars have no financial or professional consequences.

 

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