Michelle Williams has broken her silence regarding the Mark Wahlberg payment scandal. Williams released a statement about Wahlberg's recent actions.
A Supportive Statement
On Jan. 14, the Oscar-nominated actress released a statement regarding Wahlberg's donation of $1.5 million in her name to the recently established Time's Up Legal Defense Fund. Also, Wahlberg and Williams' talent agency, the influential Williams Morris Endeavor, planned to donate an additional $500,000.
Williams thanked Wahlberg and WME for their generous donations. Also, she praised her fellow actresses and activists for supporting her during this challenging time.
"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," said Williams.
Mark Wahlberg's 'Divo' Demands
Wahlberg's donation of $1.5 million comes after reports of a massive pay discrepancy between Wahlberg and Williams during the emergency reshoots of their biographic film All the Money in the World. The Daddy's Home franchise star demanded to be paid for his services in advance when director Ridley Scott decided to reshoot a majority of scenes with veteran actor Christopher Plummer portraying billionaire J. Paul Getty.
Plummer, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance, replaced disgraced actor Kevin Spacey. Plummer's casting came after multiple sexual misconduct allegations surrounded the former House of Cards star.
For Plummer to join the film, Scott and his production team were forced to give to Wahlberg's demands. It paid the Transformers star $1.5 million up front for the reshoots. Williams only received less than $1,000 for the reshoots.
Gender Pay Disparity In Media
Williams is not the only woman to have faced gender pay disparity in the media this year. Former anchor Catt Sadler left E! news network after she found out that she was making less than former colleague Jason Kennedy who started out at the network around the same time as Sadler.
Since her exit, several high-profile actresses surrounded her with support. For one, Will And Grace actress Debra Messing took on the issue when they were interviewed by veteran E! News red carpet correspondent Giuliana Rancic at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Fans of Today anchor Hoda Kotb were annoyed with NBC when news broke she received the same of $7 million salary that co-anchor Savannah Guthrie also received when she joined the show's anchor desk full time on Jan 2.
Kotb's hiring followed show stalwart Matt Lauer's controversial departure on Nov. 29, 2017. Before his high-profile exit from the morning news program, Lauer was known as NBC's $25 million dollar man.