Mark Wahlberg Donates $1.5 Million to Time’s Up Fund After Pay Disparity Controversy

Mark Wahlberg announced on Saturday that he plans to donate the $1.5 million he received for All The Money in The World reshoots to Time’s Up, a legal fund for sexual harassment victims set up last year in the wake of the #MeToo movement, according to Deadline. Wahlberg’s $1.5 million payday for the film’s reshoot sparked controversy when it was revealed that his co-star Michelle Williams was paid a paltry $1,000 for the job. The Ridley Scott film had to have many of its scenes reshot after Kevin Spacey was booted following numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault were made against the actor. The reshoot, with actor Christopher Plummer taking over Spacey’s role, was filmed over ten days around Thanksgiving 2017. But as it turned out, the stunning pay disparity between Wahlberg and Williams was a contract matter, with Williams’ contract reportedly requiring her to do necessary reshoots, while Wahlberg’s did not — and so could negotiate additional pay. Wahlberg, who donated the money in Williams’ name, issued the following statement: “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.” WME, the agency that represents Wahlberg, Williams and Scott, also donated to Time’s Up. They said in a statement: “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. It’s crucial that this conversation continues within our community and we are committed to being part of the solution.” [image via screengrab] — Follow Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) on Twitter

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