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Cat Zingano suing Halle Berry claims she was promised role in MMA film Bruised

Cat Zingano drops lawsuit against Halle Berry

Bellator MMA star Cat Zingano has dropped her lawsuit against actress Halle Berry 17-months after paperwork was filed with the courts.  MyNewsLA.com was the first to report the story.

Zingano filed the legal motion against the famed actress, Bruised Film Productions LLC, Thunder Road Film Productions Inc. and Romulus Entertainment LLC in August 2021.

Berry was the director of a mixed martial arts themed film, “Bruised.” Berry also played the part of Jackie ‘Justice’ — “a disgraced MMA fighter who has failed at the one thing she’s ever been good at – fighting. The film, written by Michelle Rosenfarb, told the tale of a fighter struggling to make it in the sport of MMA while raising a child.

“Berry told Zingano that Zingano inspired Berry and that Zingano had to be in the film,” the suit stated. “Berry concluded the meeting by telling Zingano not to make any plans because production of the film needed to start soon.”

As a result, Zingano, who was under contract to the UFC at the time, did not take a fight because she allegedly was under the impression that she would be working on the film.

After telling UFC she wouldn’t be able to fight because of the movie, the organization released her in August 2019, the suit stated. Later that same month, Berry allegedly retracted the offer to have the fighter star in her film, saying that only UFC fighters could take part, according to the suit.

A lawyer for Cat Zingano filed court papers with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Douglas W. Stern on Tuesday asking that the case be dismissed “with prejudice,” meaning it cannot be refiled later. The court papers do not state if the parties settled or if Zingano is not pursuing the lawsuit for other reasons.

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