Actors who took Hollywood studios to court

Rockmond Dunbar suing Disney for racial discrimination over vaccine policies

Stars Insider

18/02/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Lawsuits

When it comes to making movies, there's a lot of money at stake. Contracts worth tens of millions of dollars are signed. All involved in these projects have to walk a careful tightrope, balancing a hotpot of strong, artistic personalities in order to avoid an explosion that could throw a great deal of hard work and money down the drain. Naturally, they don't always pull it off. When a studio pulls out of a movie or fires an actor, they'll usually end up in court. And there are several other unique cases as well. Whatever the issue, most of the time a hefty settlement is on the cards.

Rockmond Dunbar is suing Disney and 20th Television over his dismissal from the show '911.' Dunbar was fired over his refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine, however, he claims that other non-Black cast members were granted exemptions on religious grounds. He applied for the same exemption as a member of the Church of Universal Wisdom, but Disney allegedly concluded that his beliefs were insincere. Other cast members who weren't vaccinated were given paid time off, while Dunbar was dismissed before the end of his contract. He is now suing for backpay and an order requiring defendants to accommodate employees’ religious beliefs. 

Click through this gallery to see which other actors went into battle when their studios let them down or breached their contracts.

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