Halle Berry is denying she caused UFC fighter Cat Zingano harm after cutting her from her new Netflix film Bruised, claiming she wasn't that great of a fighter.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, the 55-year-old actress is firing back at the lawsuit accusing her of breaching an oral agreement.
Zingano says she met Berry in July 2019 to talk about the project the actress was directing. She claims to have been told she was perfect for the film.
In the suit, the fighter said Berry told her to make sure to clear her schedule since production was starting soon. The UFC called Zingano shortly after her convo with Berry and offered her a big fight.
Zingano claims she told Berry about the offer. The suit claims the actress advised the fighter to turn down the role due to insurance concerns on the film.
She claims to have turned down the fight due to Berry’s advice but was promptly fired by UFC. To make matters worse, she claims the actress then axed her from the film due to her no longer being in the UFC.
The suit says Berry then cut off all communications with the fighter. Zingano is suing Berry for unspecified damages.
In the newly filed documents, Berry says Zingano claims she turned down a UFC fight to appear in the film. “Zingano chose to appear in the film and not take her next fight. Zingano made this decision without knowing what role she would play in the film or what she would be paid.”
Berry says she relied solely on a single text message exchange. The actress says she did not cause the UFC to fire Zingano.
Instead, she argues, “the UFC terminated Zingano because she had lost 4 out of her last 5 fights. Although those events took place 2 years ago, Zingano filed this suit recently to cash in on the film’s Netflix release on November 24, 2021.”
Berry believes the entire lawsuit should be tossed.