American actor Mark Wahlberg have announced that he would donate $1.5 million (1.2 million euros) to a legal fund for victims of sexual harassment following a controversy over the massive pay gap between him and a female co-star.
Ridley Scott partially re-shot Mark Wahlberg latest movie, “All the Money in the World,” after Kevin Spacey was fired due to sexual misconduct allegations, with both Wahlberg and Michelle Williams called back to act opposite Spacey’s replacement, Christopher Plummer.
There had been so many sexual harassment charges against many prominent men in the movie industry which led to creation of The Time’s Up initiative, which was unveiled by more than 300 major actresses and female writers, directors, agents and other entertainment executives earlier this month.
“I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5M to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name,” Wahlberg said.
Time’s Up’s goal is to expand the conversation beyond accusations of sexual harassment to include advocacy for those affected by it. According to its website, the Time’s Up movement is a “unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live.”
The initiative isn’t piloted by a leader, but is instead made up of volunteers forming working groups to address specific issues on inequality in the workplace.
Time’s Up has a Legal Defense Fund to subsidize legal support for women, especially in the working class, who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.