Mark Wahlberg $1.5 million donation to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund is a victory for women in the fight for equal pay. And as Michelle Williams noted, it would not have been possible without Anthony Rapp.
The All the Money in the World actress included Rapp in her response to the news that her costar, Wahlberg, would give the money he was paid for reshooting the film to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, which supports victims of sexual harassment.
— Mark Wahlberg (@mark_wahlberg) January 13, 2018
The hefty sum initially made headlines and generated controversy, as Williams had accepted only about $80 per day for the reshoot, in which director Ridley Scott replaced the disgraced Kevin Spacey — accused by dozens of sexual assault — with Christopher Plummer.
In addition to becoming the poster boy of Hollywood's gender pay gap, Wahlberg, who had “costar approval” in his contract, was also accused of profiting off of Spacey's alleged history of preying on underage boys.
Wahlberg, who said Saturday "I 100 percent support the fight for fair pay," made the donation in Williams's name. But the actress, in a statement, credited the village that made change possible.
"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," Williams said.
"If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice... Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours," she concluded.
Michelle Williams' reaction to Mark Wahlberg's donation: pic.twitter.com/iDIzLwangf
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) January 14, 2018
Rapp, the out star of Star Trek Discovery, was the first to accuse Spacey of sexual misconduct. His bravery was cited by many of Spacey's other reported accusers as their reason for coming forward. Their accounts led to Spacey's firing from Netflix's House of Cards and his erasure from All the Money in the World.
On Twitter, Rapp, who has been targeted by trolls since speaking out against Spacey, said he was "very moved" by Williams's statement.
I’m very moved by Michelle Williams’ kind words.
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) January 14, 2018