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Michelle Williams Responds to Co-Star Mark Wahlberg's Donation to #TimesUp

Actress Michelle Williams speaks about All The Money In The World co-star Mark Wahlberg's donation of his reshoot payment to Time's Up.

According to The Wrap, actress Michelle Williams issues a statement in response to her All The Money in The World co-star Mark Wahlberg's donation to Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, the newly established organization supporting victims of sexual abuse.

"Today isn't about me. My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted. If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice. Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment."

After the sexual harassment accusation of Kevin Spacey and his ill-conceived apology, All the Money director Ridley Scott was quick to replace the disgraced star with Christopher Plummer. The 88-year-old Plummer took over the role of billionaire Jean Paul Getty, whose decision to pay a ransom for his abducted grandson holds the dramatic conflict of All the Money.

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To catch up with the award season, Scott resumed production and reshot all Getty scenes within a few weeks. He and Williams were willing to do the reshoot for free--except for her daily fee of $80, adding up to only nearly $1000--but Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million. This raised a controversy regarding gender wage gap as Williams received less than one percent of her male co-star's payment. Inequality is evident, but this is not about gender. It's more about Williams being a decent person and Wahlberg's agent being a competent negotiator.

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That said, the backlash at the male star wasn't unfounded. Deservingly, Wahlberg, the most overpaid actor of 2017, has been at the center of public shaming for his apparently selfish act. After a week of public resentment, he decided to donate all of his extra payment to Time's Up as an apology and a gesture of goodwill. He said:

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.

Williams' statement presents her as a forgiving forward-thinker. She doesn't draw attention to herself and instead offers her appreciation to all related individuals and parties, including Wahlberg and Anthony Rapp, who was the first one to accuse Spacey of sexual abuse.

Source: The Wrap, Deadline, USAToday