'Crazy Rich Asians' director backs co-writer who left over pay disparity
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Director Jon M. Chu says he's "proud" of "Crazy Rich Asians" co-writer Adele Lim, after she declined to participate in a sequel to the Hollywood blockbuster following a reported pay disparity.

Lim exited the sequel to the 2018 romantic comedy after she allegedly learned Warner Bros. was planning to pay her less than her white male colleague, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


"For those of you who are asking, you can bet your ass I stand with Adele!" Chu posted on Twitter on Monday.

Chu addressed the situation, writing that negotiations are often "tough" and "messy.”

"But because I am close with Adele, when I discovered she was unhappy with the initial offer, the producers, myself and studio executives leapt into action to ensure we got to a place of parity between the two writers at a significant number."

"Unfortunately by the time we came up with several different ways to satisfy everyone's needs, a lot of time had passed and she declined the offer," wrote the 39-year-old director.

"These things happen in negotiations, and I'm proud that she was able to stand up for her own measure of worth and walk away when she felt like she was being undervalued," he wrote.

Lim told The Hollywood Reporter in a story published last week that women and people of color are often treated as "soy sauce" — hired to provide cultural context but not shape the entire story.

Sources told the publication that Lim was being offered roughly $110,000 by Warner Bros. to pen the "Crazy Rich Asians" sequel, while co-writer Peter Chiarelli was offered between $800,000 and $1 million.