Fraser says former HFPA president sexually harassed him

Brendan Fraser is becoming a member of the refrain of Hollywood voices pronouncing “#MeToo.” In an interview with GQ, the actor alleged that the previous president of the Hollywood International Press Affiliation, Philip Berk, groped him years in the past and that his profession may have suffered in consequence. 

Fraser stated that during 2003, as he was once leaving a luncheon held via the HFPA on the Beverly Hills Resort, Berk stopped him and shook his hand. Then, Fraser stated, Berk groped him. 

“His left hand reaches round, grabs my a** cheek, and one in all his hands touches me within the taint,” stated Fraser. “And he begins transferring it round.” The previous “Mummy” famous person stated that he panicked. 

“I felt sick,” Fraser stated. He advised GQ that he got rid of Berk’s hand. “I felt like a bit of child. I felt like there was once a ball in my throat. I believed I used to be going to cry.” 

Fraser recalled that once he left the room, he noticed a police officer however may no longer deliver himself to bitch about Berk. Then he went house and advised his spouse, Afton, what came about. Berk, who has admitted to pinching Fraser’s butt, denied that the incident went past that, pronouncing, “Mr. Fraser’s model is a complete fabrication.”

After the come upon, Fraser made up our minds to not cross public along with his accusation, however did call for an apology from the HFPA, which he won. Berk says now that the apology was once no longer a confession, telling GQ, “My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the standard ‘If I have accomplished anything else that dissatisfied Mr. Fraser, it was once no longer supposed and I make an apology.'” 

Fraser additionally stated that the HFPA promised to ban Berk from being in the similar room as Fraser, although Berk (who continues to be an HFPA member) denies that. The HFPA didn’t remark at the tale. 

Fraser stated as a result of the incident, he become depressed and felt that he deserved the alleged attack. 

“I used to be blaming myself and I used to be depressing—as a result of I used to be pronouncing, ‘That is not anything; this man reached round and he copped a really feel,'” he stated. “That summer season wore on—and I will be able to’t take note what I went directly to paintings on subsequent.”

Fraser, who was once a large famous person within the 1990s and early 2000s, stated that he believes it is conceivable that the HFPA blacklisted him after the incident, declaring that he was once hardly invited to the Golden Globes after 2003. Berk hit again, “His profession declined via no fault of ours.”

The actor stated he was once inspired via seeing ladies discuss out as a part of the #MeToo motion. He stated he’s nonetheless anxious via sharing his tale, however feels that he wishes to talk up in opposition to sexual misconduct. Even though many ladies have given accounts of alleged sexual attacks, only a few outstanding males have come ahead with their very own tales. Terry Crews and Anthony Rapp are a few of the different male actors who say they’ve skilled sexual misconduct.  

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