Brendan Fraser Says He Was Groped by Former HFPA President

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Brendan Fraser, who has in large part stayed out of the general public eye lately, stated in a GQ interview revealed Thursday high-profile guy in Hollywood as soon as groped him.

After headlining a sequence of common movies all through the ’90s, together with “George of the Jungle” and “The Mummy,” Fraser’s megastar energy waned within the subsequent decade following a string of private demanding situations. 

The actor believes one of the vital causes his occupation hit a standstill used to be as a result of an alleged incident with Philip Berk, a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hosts the Golden Globes. Fraser advised GQ that Berk groped him at a luncheon in 2003. 

“His left hand reaches around, grabs my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around,” Fraser stated. “I felt ill. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.”

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He added: “I became depressed … I was blaming myself and I was miserable—because I was saying, ‘This is nothing; this guy reached around and he copped a feel.’”

Fraser later demanded and won a written apology from the group, however he wasn’t glad with it. Berk maintains the interplay used to be in jest, calling the actor’s model of occasions a “total fabrication.” 

“My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual ‘If I’ve done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was not intended and I apologize,’” Berk advised GQ.  

As in lots of accounts very similar to Fraser’s that experience come to mild as Hollywood reckons with sexual harassment and attack, Fraser stated that on the time of the incident he didn’t possess “the courage to speak up for risk of humiliation, or damage to my career.” 

 “I know Rose [McGowan], I know Ashley [Judd], I know Mira [Sorvino]—I’ve worked with them. I call them friends in my mind. I haven’t spoken to them in years, but they’re my friends,” he stated. “I watched this wonderful movement, these people with the courage to say what I didn’t have the courage to say.” 

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While Fraser stated had been a number of the reason why his paintings suffered ― he went via a contentious divorce, underwent a couple of surgical procedures after accidents on movie units, his mom misplaced a fight to most cancers ― he says process alternatives “withered on the vine for me” and he used to be hardly ever invited again to the Globes after the incident. 

As for his occupation, it’s reputedly gotten again not off course lately with roles within the 3rd season of “The Affair” and a task on Danny Boyle’s upcoming FX collection “Trust,” however the enjoy with Berk nonetheless looms huge. 

“Am I still frightened?” he stated “Absolutely. Do I feel like I need to say something? Absolutely. Have I wanted to many, many times? Absolutely. Have I stopped myself? Absolutely.”

To learn Fraser’s complete interview, head over to GQ. 

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