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Brendan Fraser Says He Was Sexually Assaulted by Former HFPA President

Brendan Fraser Says He Was Sexually Assaulted by Former HFPA President

Brendan Fraser says that he was sexually assaulted by Philip Berk, the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

If you didn’t know, the HFPA is the group that votes for the Golden Globes each year.

Brendan told GQ that the incident happened in the summer of 2003 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. When Brendan reached out to shake Philip‘s hand, the man reached around and allegedly assaulted him.

“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,” Brendan told GQ. Berk claims that he just “pinched” his ass in jest.

“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,” Brendan said, though he decided to not go public at the time. “I didn’t want to contend with how that made me feel, or it becoming part of my narrative.”

Fraser‘s reps asked the HFPA for a written apology and Berk admits that he wrote one. “My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual ‘If I’ve done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was not intended and I apologize,’” he said.

Brendan said the incident made him retreat and “feel reclusive.” He also wonders if his career was derailed by the HFPA. “I don’t know if this curried disfavor with the group, with the HFPA. But the silence was deafening,” he said.

Read the full piece on GQ.com.

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  • Maria M.

    I sympathize with Brendan but the truth is his career didn’t go anywhere because he’s talentless and not because this guy grabbed his butt.

  • Maria M.

    I sympathize with Brendan but the truth is his career didn’t go anywhere because he’s talentless and not because this guy grabbed his butt.

  • William

    Or being touched in the taint. LOL

  • William

    Or being touched in the taint. LOL

  • AndThenOneDayIBecameAnEXO-L

    His talent is a matter of opinion I was still too young when he was on top to be able to judge his talent. But the fact is that he was on top, he made several boxoffice successful movies and he went from being the 90s-00s star to suddenly not being here at all. He is not the only one and I’m sure that sometimes it’s the lack of interest or bad choices that makes your career go downhill and sometimes it’s because doors are being closed right in front of you and all is left are crappy roles that only causes further descent. It’s easy to judge, when you don’t really know what he went through in life.

  • KS_in_TP

    Holy shit. How awful. That poor man. I can’t imagine how hard it has to be for men and women to talk in public about these humiliating, painful acts committed against them. Very brave souls.

  • KS_in_TP

    The truth is his looks drastically changed. Some men can’t bounce back from that. Some actors are almost *too* good looking and when that changes — age, hair loss, etc — they’re no longer accepted. We always hear about the women lamenting the lack of roles when they age but it’s not just women. Some men don’t age well, whether it’s genetics or lifestyle. I think Brendan was one of those. And to top it off he just didn’t have the versatility as an actor to work with his aged looks. He could only really do one type of role and that type was contingent upon him being young and cute. I was never a fan and can only name one movie — okay, two now that I think about it — that I’ve seen him in. But I did notice that he just disappeared one day. I’ve always felt bad for him.

  • AndThenOneDayIBecameAnEXO-L

    In the GQ article he mentioned that he put too much strain to his body and ended up with lots of health issues for many years and underwent several surgeries as well. I’ve never been his biggest fan, but can’t deny that he was a trend actor at one time. But I was left wondering where he disappeared the same way few years ago in case of josh Hartnett or Rene Russo to name at top of my head. But in case of those two I believe it was their choice to not act for that time.

    Fame is a fickle thing. One day they are having stable or promising career and suddenly no role and they are gone.

  • plez

    His movie choices got worse and worse. But maybe that was because he wasn’t being offered good scripts.

  • Dieter from Sprockets

    He’s an odd man to begin with

  • KS_in_TP

    Josh Hartnett has been steadily employed for several years. He’s been on Penny Dreadful since it started. Not sure what season its in now as I stopped watching during season 1 but I do believe it’s still on. Hartnett has been working — though I’m surprised. He’s not a very good actor IMO. Good looking man, but just no charisma or depth. But he works.

    Okay, so I just checked and he was only on PD from 2014-2016 when it went off the air. It was such an incredibly interesting show but quickly became a muddled mess.

  • AndThenOneDayIBecameAnEXO-L

    Yeah, he came back with Penny Dreadful (or possible some project before) but after Pearl Harbor he was the next big thing and then around 08-12 he was barely in any projects.

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  • damian gonzales

    Hell, he was 35 years old, he could defend himself, tired of these adults who play at being the poor victims just to get attention.

  • inaaya bint musab

    These days when one defends oneself then they are the one who gets prosecuted.

  • Deborah Marie Flower Power

    Brendan should have punched him in the face….Like “OPPS”……How did that happen…..

  • Deborah Marie Flower Power

    Then be like I was just joking when I punched him in the face….