If you remember 'The Mummy" and "George of the Jungle, then you might remember Brendan Fraser. The actor seemed to just disappear, well now he is opening up about why he left.
In a bombshell interview with GQ, the actor states that the main reason his career went south is because of an alleged sexual assault involving Philip Berk, the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the same organization that host the Golden Globes.
The incident supposedly happened in 2003 at an industry luncheon. Fraser can recall the incident with clarity. “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,” he says. “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.” It appears that Berk later apologized, however, the actor was so upset regarding the incident that he decided to retreat from the spotlight. “It made me feel reclusive,” he also stated that “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.’
It was the #MeToo and Time's up movements that gave him the insight and courage to speak out about his experience. “I watched this wonderful [Time’s Up] movement, these people with the courage to say what I didn’t have the courage to say,” he says. “Am I still frightened? Absolutely. Do I feel like I need to say something? Absolutely. Have I wanted to many, many times? Absolutely. Have I stopped myself? Absolutely.” “And maybe I am over-reacting in terms of what the instance was. I just know what my truth is.”
Of course, Berk denies the allegations, stating that “Mr. Fraser’s version is a total fabrication. My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual ‘If I’ve done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was it was not intended and I apologize.’” In a statement to Us Weekly, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association stated:
The HFPA stands firmly against sexual harassment and the type of behavior described in this article. Over the years we’ve continued a positive working relationship with Brendan, which includes announcing Golden Globe nominees, attending the ceremony and participating in press conferences. This report includes alleged information that the HFPA was previously unaware of and at this time we are investigating further details surrounding the incident.