Mark Wahlberg Donates $1.5M To The #TimesUp Legal Defense Fund

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We learned today that Mark Wahlberg would be donating the $1.5 million he received for All The Money In The World reshoots to the #TimesUp legal defense fund in Michelle Williams name.

As well WME which reps Williams, Wahlberg and Ridley Scott has pledged to donate $500,000 to #TimesUp as well.

In a statement made by Wahlberg, he said: “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.”

After the press found out Wahlberg had made 1.5 million dollars for the reshoots and Williams only made $1000, per her request, to reshoot new scenes for All The Money In The World with Christopher Plummer who replaced Kevin Spacey in the film headlines everywhere were talking about the discrepancy. After all, how could one male star earn more than the female even if it was at her request many thought they both should have been paid equally for the time spent.

In a statement made by WME: “The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a position 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.”

It seems to me that WME who reps them should have done the negotiating to get them both the same payout, but all is well that ends well and hopefully, this is a lesson to many that pay discrepancies even ones based voluntarily will not stand well with the current climate in Hollywood.

Do you think what Wahlberg is doing is a good thing or do you think he should have ignored the negative press? Let us know in the comments below.



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