Mark Wahlberg donates $1.5M to ‘Time’s Up’ fund after pay disparity revealed
Actor Mark Wahlberg announced Saturday that he would donate the $1.5 million he received for reshoots of “All The Money in the World” to the “Time’s Up” legal defense fund.
Wahlberg made the announcement after it was reported that his female co-star, Michelle Williams, received less than $1,000 for the same work.
In a statement to Deadline Hollywood, Wahlberg said that he supports the fight for pay equality “100 percent” and is donating the money in Williams’ name.
“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All The Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation. I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name,” Wahlberg said.
The actor’s statement comes just days after USA Today reported that Wahlberg’s team negotiated for the actor to receive $1.5 million for his reshoots, while Williams, unaware of the deal, received only an $80 per diem totaling less than $1,000.
The two actors are represented by the same agency, William Morris Endeavor (WME). The agency announced Saturday that it would donate an additional $500,000 to the Time’s Up fund over the controversy.
WME issued its own statement on the matter, calling it a “reminder” that pay equality was a problem that those in power had a responsibility to confront.
“The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a poition of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities, including the gender wage gap. In recognition of the pay discrepancy on All The Money In The World reshoots, WME is donating an additional $500,000 to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name, following our $1 million pledge to the organization earlier this month,” the agency said.
“It’s crucial that this conversation continues within our community and we are committed to being part of the solution.”
The Time’s Up legal defense fund provides money for legal support to victims of sexual misconduct and rape.
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