Halle Berry, 55, is apparently embroiled in a legal dispute with Cat Zingano, a former UFC fighter who alleges the celebrity ghosted her on a potential film role.
Berry approached Zingano, a real-life Mixed Martial Arts fighter, in 2019 while prepping for the upcoming film “Bruised,” her directorial debut, in which she also stars as an older Mixed Martial Arts fighter looking for a second chance at relevancy in the octagon.
“Bruised” is Berry’s first directing feature, which is due to premiere on Netflix in November. She shared that she was the first choice to star in or direct the film, which was intended for Blake Lively, but Lively politely declined. Berry approached the producers and requested to star in the movie. After a chain of events, she also became the director.
According to the lawsuit, Berry instructed Zingano to keep her schedule free so that she would be prepared to act in the film when the time came to begin production. However, UFC approached Zingano with a fight offer. She then spoke with Berry about the UFC offer and whether or not it would have an effect on her upcoming film debut.
Berry encouraged Zingano to decline the fight offer out of concern for the film’s insurer. Zingano claims she refused the fight and was promptly terminated from her UFC contract.
Zingano claims in her lawsuit that Berry then notified her that she could no longer be a part of the movie as she is not an active UFC fighter anymore, despite Berry convincing her not to take on a new match.
Berry has now reportedly shut off all communications with her, compelling her to pursue legal action in retaliation for the squandered film chance and her UFC career.
The reps for both parties did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.