Disney and Marvel Star Under Investigation for Possible Reparation Payments: ‘We Are Just Beginning’


“Dr. Strange” actor and veritable Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch may be in some hot water with the small island nation of Barbados.

Cumberbatch, whose credits include the BBC’s “Sherlock” as well as the aforementioned “Dr. Strange” films, and his family are currently under investigation by the Caribbean nation of Barbados, according to multiple outlets.

The Daily Beast, The Telegraph and Sky News all reported on the ongoing legal issues facing the actor.

As The Daily Beast notes, Barbados government officials are seeking reparations from the descendants of slave-owning families and plantation owners.

Cumberbatch reportedly has a seventh great-grandfather who bought a plantation in 1728, thus triggering the Barbados government to look into the erstwhile actor.


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“This is at its earliest stages. We are just beginning. A lot of history is only really now coming to light,” David Comissiong told The Telegraph. Comissiong is Barbados’s deputy chairman of the national commission on reparations.

“Any descendants of white plantation owners who have benefited from the slave trade should be asked to pay reparations, including the Cumberbatch family,” David Denny, general secretary of the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration, told The Telegraph.

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Cumberbatch, for his part, is already aware of some of the issues intertwined with his family history.

In fact, the UK Daily Mail actually ran a story in 2014, shortly after Cumberbatch’s role in “12 Years A Slave.” The movie, which was a damning look at the slave trade, featured Cumberbatch as a slave and plantation owner.

Cumberbatch revealed to the Daily Mail that his role in “12 Years A Slave,” as well…


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