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Scarlett Johansson Sends Champagne in Exchange of Her Presence at Marine Ball

July 28, 2011 (8:47 am) GMT
Responding to Sgt. Dustin L. Williams' invitation to the Marine Corps Ball, the 'Avengers' beauty says she's incredibly honored, but has to turn down the offer because of prior commitments.

has become the latest celebrity to have been invited to the Marine Corps Ball by a Marine. Unfortunately, like , the actress playing Black Widow in "" won't be able to attend the ball, but she is sending luxury champagne as a consolation.

"I feel incredibly honored to have been invited to the Marine Corps Ball by Sgt. Dustin L. Williams," said the 26-year-old in a statement to Zap2it. "Not only does Sgt. Williams deserve recognition for his bravery, selflessness and dedication to the United States and its people, but he also displays a cheeky talent for film making."

"Sgt. Williams, unfortunately due to prior commitments I will not be able to attend the Ball with you this year but I am sending you a case of Moet and Chandon with gratitude. In my absence, I raise a glass to you and all the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps, past and present, in thanks for your continued commitment to preserving the safety of our nation."

Sgt. Dustin L. Williams asked Scarlett to be his date for the Marine Corps Ball held at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia on November 10. In his YouTube video, the Marine said, "Scarlett Johansson, it would be my pleasure to take you to the Marine Corps Ball and spend an evening with you."

In an e-mail to Zap2it before Scarlett gave her response, Dustin said, "I would not believe the invitation would be denied without good cause. With her current career I would imagine Scarlett Johansson is a busy woman ... Nothing ventured, nothing gained." He did note if she accepted his invitation, it would "truly be an honor not only for me but also my fellow Marines."

First to be invited to the Marine Corps Ball was "" star . After she said yes, Mila's co-star , "" actress Betty White and teen songstress got theirs. Justin also agreed to attend, but Betty has to say no, while Miley has yet to give her response.

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