In just 27 days, the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund has raised $16.6M closing in on its target of $17M, with over 18,000 people contributing.
Administered by the National Women’s Law Center, “the fund will provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers”.
In the past few days alone the fund got a major boost from several Hollywood stars. After the initial gob-smacked shock (and subsequent uproar) over the mega pay discrepancy between Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams for the All The Money in the World re-shoots, Wahlberg donated his $1.5M pay cheque to Time’s Up in William’s name. Class act. The agency, WME, which reps both actors also offered to make a donation of $500K following the fallout.
Michelle Williams responded to the gesture by her co-star with this statement:
“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. Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours.”
But while the cloud lifted on All The Money, the storm started brewing for Woody Allen.
Last Friday, Rebecca Hall announced that she would be donating her pay from his upcoming A Rainy Day in New York to the Time’s Up legal fund.
Hall posted the following message on her Instagram account:
The day after the Weinstein accusation broke in full force I was shooting a day of work on Woody Allen’s latest movie in New York. I couldn’t have imagined somewhere stranger to be that day. When asked to do so, some seven months ago, I quickly said yes. He gave me one of my first significant roles in film for which I have always been grateful, it was one day in my hometown – easy. I have, however subsequently realized there is nothing easy about any of this. In the weeks following I have thought very deeply about this decision, and remain conflicted and saddened. After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones – I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed. That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today. It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup. I’ve also signed up, will continue to donate, and look forward to working with and being part of this positive movement towards change not just in Hollywood but hopefully everywhere. #timesup
In addition, Timothée Chalamet said in a statement earlier this week that he too would be donating his salary from work on A Rainy Day in New York.
Allen’s adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow has long accused the director of sexual abuse and called on actors like Greta Gerwig and Kate Winslet to disassociate from him and stop the Hollywood hypocrisy — claiming to support women against sexual harassment and assault all the while still supporting and working with her father.
Allen denies the claims made against him.
In the meantime, the Time’s Up legal fund is soaring to blue skies.
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