In her statement, Carano explained, "A couple months ago @ElonMusk tweeted that if you had been fired from using the platform (X) for exercising your right to free speech, he would like to offer these people legal representation. Quite the noble offer, but never in my wildest dreams would I have thought anyone would take on my case against Lucasfilm/Disney. Still, I did respond back 'I think I qualify' & thousands of people agreed--but I did not expect anything."
Much to her surprise, after a few months, Carano reportedly received an email from a lawyer hired by X to investigate her claim of wrongful termination from her role in The Mandalorian. She sent along all the information she had and her legal team and Musk's "believe whole-heartedly" in her case according to the statement and are moving forward with the lawsuit against Disney.
“A short time ago in a galaxy not so far away, Defendants made it clear that only one orthodoxy in thought, speech, or action was acceptable in their empire, and that those who dared to question or failed to fully comply would not be tolerated,” the text of the lawsuit filed in federal court stated according to Deadline. “And so it was with Carano.”
“The rule of law still reigns over the Defendants’ empire … and Carano has returned to demand that they be held accountable for their bullying, discriminatory, and retaliatory actions — actions that inflicted not only substantial emotional harm, but millions of dollars in lost income," it continued. Carano is alleging both wrongful discharge and sex discrimination.
He followed the post with a call for anyone, "discriminated against by Disney or its subsidiaries (ABC, ESPN, Marvel, etc)," to reply to his post to receive legal support.
Responding to an inquiry from journalist Ian Miles Cheong, Musk replied, "I expect this to be one of many lawsuits against Disney. They have been blatantly racist, sexist & censorious for years, which means there is a vast treasure trove of emails/texts/slack/etc." He added, "Disney has almost certainly broken the law thousands of times (no exaggeration)."
The move comes as little surprise with a professional and public rift between Musk and Disney widening over the last several months. In November 2023, Disney pulled all advertising from X over what it characterized as "hate speech" on the platform.
During an interview at the New York Times DealBook Summit, Musk made his response clear: “If somebody has been trying to blackmail me with advertising, blackmail me with money, go fuck yourself. Go fuck yourself, is that clear? I hope it is. Hey, Bob, if you’re in the audience. That’s how I feel, don’t advertise,” per Vanity Fair.