Gina Carano accused Disney and Lucasfilm of discrimination when they terminated her contract after she shared unfounded conspiracy theories and expressed right-wing views on social media.
Ms. Carano, a former mixed-martial artist, was dropped from her role in “The Mandalorian” in 2021 due to her dissemination of baseless conspiracy theories and right-wing stances on social media, some of which were perceived as homophobic and antisemitic. Her character was subsequently written out of the series. Lucasfilm, the Disney subsidiary responsible for “The Mandalorian,” condemned Ms. Carano’s behavior, stating that her social media posts, which denigrated individuals based on their cultural and religious backgrounds, were reprehensible and unacceptable.
United Talent Agency also severed ties with Ms. Carano.
In her lawsuit filed in federal court in California, Ms. Carano seeks an injunction requiring Disney and Lucasfilm to reintegrate her character into “The Mandalorian” and to recast her for the role. She also seeks punitive damages. As a “guest actor,” Ms. Carano was compensated $25,000 per episode.
Elon Musk has been critical of Disney and its CEO, Robert A. Iger, particularly after Disney and other major advertisers, including Apple, suspended spending on the platform in response to Mr. Musk’s promotion of an antisemitic conspiracy theory. Internal documents at Mr. Musk’s company, X, indicate that Disney has indefinitely halted advertising on the platform globally.
In late November, Mr. Musk publicly berated Mr. Iger at The New York Times’s DealBook Summit, accusing Disney of “blackmail” due to its decision to pull advertisements. Mr. Musk has since advocated for Nelson Peltz, an activist investor engaged in a proxy battle with Disney, criticizing Disney’s stock performance and calling for changes to its board.
X’s head of business operations, Joe Benarroch, stated that Mr. Musk’s company is supporting Gina Carano’s lawsuit financially, aiming to defend her freedom of speech on X and her right to work without harassment, bullying, or discrimination.
Last year, Mr. Musk pledged to fund legal action for X users who claimed they had faced discrimination at work because of their posts on the platform. He also vowed to pursue the boards of directors of the implicated companies.
In her lawsuit, Ms. Carano likened Disney and Lucasfilm to an authoritarian empire, accusing them of enforcing a single ideology and stifling dissent.