Brendan Fraser Claims He Was Groped by Former HFPA President in 2003

Brendan Fraser is usually opening up about why he originally backed away coming from Hollywood.

In a completely new profile forGQ, the 49-year-old actor alleges of which one of those reasons for his retreat coming from the film industry is usually of which he was groped by Philip Berk, former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, at a luncheon in 2003.

He claims the alleged incident — which Berk denies — took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, just when he was about to shake hands with Berk in addition to say goodbye. Fraser alleges of which at of which moment, Berk’s left hand “reaches around, grabs my a** cheek, in addition to one of his fingers touches me inside taint. in addition to he starts moving the item around.”

“I felt ill,” he says. “I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.”

Fraser didn’t want to go public with the allegations at the time, he says, in fear of “humiliation” in addition to of which his story might become his “narrative.” He also alleges of which after 2003, he was rarely invited to the Golden Globes, a statement Berk, who is usually still an HFPA member, denies.

“[the item] made me retreat. the item made me feel reclusive,” Fraser recalls. “I don’t know if This particular curried disfavor with the group, with the HFPA. yet the silence was deafening.”

Fraser claims the alleged sexual assault ultimately led him to become “depressed,” in addition to he felt like “something had been taken away” coming from him.

“I was blaming myself in addition to I was miserable,” he says. “Because I was saying, ‘This particular is usually nothing; This particular guy reached around in addition to he copped a feel.’ of which summer wore on — in addition to I can’t remember what I went on to work on next.”

Fraser credits the #MeToo movement in addition to stars like Rose McGowan in addition to Ashley Judd for giving him the courage to finally share his story. “I’ve worked with them. I call them friends in my mind,” he says. “I haven’t spoken to them in years, yet they’re my friends. I watched This particular wonderful movement, these people with the courage to say what I didn’t possess the courage to say.”

“Am I still frightened? Absolutely,” he continues. “Do I feel like I need to say something? Absolutely. Have I wanted to many, many times? Absolutely. Have I stopped myself? Absolutely. in addition to maybe I am overreacting in terms of what the instance was. I just know what my truth is usually.”

GQ reached out to Berk for comment on Fraser’s allegations, which he denied, saying, “Mr. Fraser’s type is usually a total fabrication.”

Back inside late ’90s in addition to early 2000s, Fraser was well known for starring in movies like Encino Man, The Mummy, The Quiet American in addition to Crash. He is usually set to return to TV on March 25, when Trust premieres on FX.

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