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Brendan Fraser says former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president sexually harassed him

23 February 2018

That's when he assaulted him during the crowded event.

Allegedly, Berk grabbed The Mummy star's "ass check" and touched him "in the taint" after a HFPA luncheon. "And he starts moving it around", Fraser recalled. "It made me feel reclusive".

"I felt ill. I felt like a little kid", Fraser told GQ. Absolutely. Do I feel like I need to say something? He explains that across a ten year period: "I changed houses; I went through a divorce".

The actor quickly left the room and told his wife at the time, Afton, what happened.

Fraser said he was emboldened to come forward by the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

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Fraser admitted that he considered going public with his allegations, but later decided not to speak out in fear of public humiliation and damaging his career.

Although Fraser made more movies after that incident, he said "made me retreat". Berk told GQ that he did write to the actor, but "my apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual 'If I've done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was not intended and I apologize'".

The HFPA told CNN in a statement that the GQ article contains "alleged information that the HFPA was previously unaware of" and that they are "investigating further details surrounding the incident". "But the silence was deafening", he added. "His [Fraser's] career declined through no fault of ours". He says didn't go public because he didn't want to let the alleged assault become his "narrative".

"Am I still frightened?" Berk, meanwhile, remains a member of the HFPA and attended the most recent Golden Globes - which, of course, was the one with the all-black red carpet and the Time's Up pins. Absolutely. Have I stopped myself' Absolutely. Absolutely. And maybe I am over-reacting in terms of what the instance was.

"I don't know if this curried disfavor with the group, with the H.F.P.A", he said.

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Brendan Fraser is in the middle of a comeback, and the onetime headliner of Hollywood blockbusters opened up about the moment that played a major role in derailing his career.

While numerous most high-profile Hollywood stars to report sexual harassment or assault have been female, the experiences are common for men too, according to a survey released Wednesday by the group Stop Street Harassment. Their words, and Fraser's, drive home the fact that sexual harassment and assault are disturbingly common experiences for men, as well as for women, and can have severe effects.

"I know Rose, I know Ashley, I know Mira - I've worked with them", he says. "I call them friends in my mind. I watched this wonderful movement, these people with the courage to say what I didn't have the courage to say", he said.

In the '90s and early 2000s, Fraser was a leading man known for his good looks, his willingness to do stunts, and "a kind of solid decency and equanimity" that underpinned his performances, Zach Baron notes at GQ.

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Brendan Fraser says former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president sexually harassed him