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Grace Abels
By Grace Abels July 1, 2024

No, jury didn’t order Disney to pay Gina Carano $115 million in lawsuit

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  • This claim originated on a self-described satire website. 

  • "The Mandalorian" actor Gina Carano has sued Disney for wrongful termination, but the lawsuit continues.

In a galaxy far, far, away, did Disney lose a wrongful termination lawsuit?

"A jury in Hollywood has ordered Disney and Lucasfilm to pay canceled Mandalorian star Gina Carano $115 million," a June 20 Facebook post read. "The Mandalorian" is Disney’s "Star Wars" spinoff series; Lucasfilm is the Disney subsidiary that produces officially licensed "Star Wars" shows and movies.

The post also included a picture of Carano, who was fired in 2021 over her social media posts that compared the American political climate with Nazi Germany, Variety reported. The Facebook post links in the comments to an article that repeats the post’s claim.

(Screenshot of Facebook post)

The Facebook post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook, Threads and Instagram.)

But this claim originated more than a year ago as satire.

Newsweek debunked a similar claim that Carano was paid $115 million for wrongful termination in January 2023, noting that  the story had been shared on a political satire account, "America's Last Line of Defense." 

The account’s creator, Christopher Blair, has said its posts are satire intended to mock conservatives, The New York Times recently reported.

In February 2024, a year after Newsweek’s article, Carano did sue The Walt Disney Co. for wrongful termination; Disney filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in April. X owner Elon Musk is paying Carano’s legal bills, The New York Times reported

Although a lawsuit has been filed, the case was still in progress as of June 12, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A publicly available court docket does not show the case was settled or had gone before a jury, as of July 1. 

PolitiFact found copious reporting about the lawsuit itself, but none regarding a $115 million dollar payout or a jury trial verdict — either of which would have made headlines. 

We rate the claim that a jury "ordered Disney and Lucasfilm to pay" Carano $115 million False.  

Our Sources

Facebook post (archived), June 20, 2024 

Entertainment Weekly, "Gina Carano won't be back on The Mandalorian; Lucasfilm blasts 'abhorrent' social media posts," Feb. 10, 2021

Newsweek, "What Did Gina Carano Say? 'The Mandalorian' Star Fired after Instagram Holocaust Post," Feb 11, 2021

Variety, "'Mandalorian' Star Gina Carano Under Fire for Controversial Social Media Posts," Feb. 10, 2021

Newsweek, "Fact Check: Did Disney Pay Gina Carano $115M In Employment Trial?," Jan. 23, 2023

The Washington Post, "‘Nothing on this page is real’: How lies become truth in online America," Nov. 17, 2018

The New York Times, " Fake News Still Has a Home on Facebook," June 13, 2024

AP News, "Gina Carano sues Lucasfilm and Disney over her firing from 'The Mandalorian'," Feb. 7, 2024

USA Today, "Disney fires back at Gina Carano over 'Mandalorian' firing lawsuit: 'Disney had enough'," April 11, 2024

The New York Times, "Elon Musk Is Funding Ex-'Mandalorian' Actress's Suit Against Disney," Feb 6, 204 

The Hollywood Reporter, "Mandalorian Lawsuit: How Gina Carano, Disney Are Battling In Court," June 12, 2024

Court Listener, "Gina Carano v. The Walt Disney Company, 2:24-cv-01009," accessed July 1, 2024

America’s Last Line of Defense, "Jury Orders Disney to Pay "Wrongfully Terminated" Mandalorian Star Gina Carano $115 Million, archived, accessed July 1, 2024

Big Oak Bay News, "A Jυry in Hollywood Has Ordered Disney and Lucasfilms to Pay Canceled Mandalorian Star Gina Carano $115 Millions," archived, June 19, 2024

America’s Last Line of Defense, "Jury Orders Disney to Pay "Wrongfully Terminated" Mandalorian Star Gina Carano $115 Million, archived

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