Halle Berry’s taking a hit from a seasoned MMA fighter — but it’s a lawsuit.
Cat Zingano, a 39-year-old MMA star, filed a lawsuit against the actress after she was cut from “Bruised,” Variety reported. Zingano claims in the suit that she missed a vital UFC fight in order to star in “Bruised,” Berry’s directorial debut, only to be cut from the film and UFC entirely.
In the lawsuit, the UFC fighter claims Berry asked her to star in the film in 2019 because of the apparent parallels between the “Bruised” script and the fighter’s life, according to Variety.
A week later, Zingano claims she declined an offer for a UFC fight the same year in order to star in the film. The fight would have been key for Zingano’s career, which would have put her in contention for a title fight, according to Variety.
After telling UFC she wouldn’t be able to fight because of the movie, UFC let her go.
Berry then allegedly retracted the offer to have the fighter star in her film, Variety reported, saying “only UFC fighters could participate.”
In the lawsuit, Zingano, who is now signed with Bellator MMA, argued that she was relying on being featured in Berry’s film instead of participating in the UFC fight.
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