Hollywood actor Brendan Fraser says he received’t attend subsequent yr’s Golden Globes, nonetheless upset after one among its Hollywood International Press Affiliation (HFPA) organizers sexually assaulted him almost 20 years in the past.
Requested throughout a current GQ interview whether or not he would attend the Globes if he receives an excellent efficiency nomination for his function within the upcoming movie The Whale, Fraser, 53, confirmed he “won’t take part.”
“I’ve extra historical past with the Hollywood International Press Affiliation than I’ve respect for the Hollywood International Press Affiliation,” Fraser advised GQ.
The HFPA, made up of journalists and press organizations devoted to masking leisure information, is the principle organizer of the Globes.
Fraser, who’s staging a comeback after a years-long hiatus because of the assault, on the top of the #MeToo motion renewed allegations in opposition to Hollywood International Press Affiliation president Philip Berk, who he claimed made unsolicited sexual advances towards him after they first met on the Beverly Hills Resort.
Talking to GQ in 2018, Fraser recalled the 2003 incident, saying, “His left hand reaches round, grabs my ass cheek, and one among his fingers touches me within the taint. And he begins transferring it round.”
“I felt ailing. I felt like just a little child,” he added. “I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I believed I used to be going to cry.”
The Irish Impartial on the time reported: “Berk mentioned the incident in his 2014 memoir, claiming he pinched Fraser’s behind in jest, in accordance with experiences.”
Responding to Fraser’s feedback, the HFPA mentioned it will examine the allegations, nonetheless, it didn’t take away Berk as president.
His time got here final yr in April when he was unceremoniously canned by the group after sending an e mail to HFPA members describing the Black Lives Matter motion as a “racist hate group” and BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors of being a “self-proclaimed ‘skilled Marxist.’”
Fellow actor Terry Crews additionally got here ahead on the top of #MeToo revealing he was additionally sexually molested by a high-level Hollywood exec in public, although he didn’t dare identify his molester.
“This entire factor with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD,” Crews wrote in a collection of tweets in 2017. “Why? As a result of this sort of factor occurred to ME.”
Fraser’s newest movie The Whale is ready to hit theaters December 9, 2022.