A dancer is suing Disney for £80,000, claiming her career was ruined when she suffered an injury while working on musical The Lion King.
Jodie Standish was working as part of the backstage crew in 2015, but claims she damaged her shoulder while moving part of its set.
She claims that the injury meant she was unable to accept a contract to work on a show in Dubai.
In a writ lodged with Central London County Court, her barrister Richard Moat said: “Ms Standish was employed by the Walt Disney Company as a stage technician. She was undertaking work for Disney at the stage show The Lion King.
“During the course of the show, she was given the all clear by another crew member to push scenery out on stage. As she was pushing a rolling platform out on to the stage, it collided with a lighting tower which should have been moved out of a position where she could make contact with the tower, causing the rolling platform to ricochet backwards, hitting her right shoulder and causing her to sustain injury loss and damage.”
According to the Daily Mail, Moat told a pre-trial hearing that the injury had meant she was unable to undertake a “lucrative” contract to work abroad.
“What she is saying is that, for a limited period of time, she was deprived of the opportunity to earn more lucrative sums,” he said.
It is understood Disney plans to fight the course, because it argues it was not to blame for all the losses Standish claims.
Disney barrister Matthew Brunning said Standish had pre-existing problems and would probably not have been able to fulfil the Dubai contract, regardless of the accident.
A trial is scheduled for next summer.
In a blog, former gymnast Standish writes about training in musical theatre at Bird College, but having to leave after running out of money, after which she started work backstage on The Lion King.
“I started training again, I was doing skills I couldn’t do as a competitive gymnast, so I started auditioning, and landed myself a dream job as a gymnast and acrobat on a show in Dubai. I was going, the dream was real, then an accident at work caused a major shoulder injury and I was back to square one, I wasn’t going to be ready for Dubai, and my shoulder was still affecting my work,” she said.
Disney has been contacted for comment.