The actor’s determination to not attend the glitzy award present stems from an incident wherein Fraser, 53, claimed he was sexually assaulted by Philip Berk, a former president of the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation (HFPA), the group that organizes the Golden Globes.
Although Fraser publicly accused Berk in 2018, he claimed the HFPA member groped him at a lunch in Beverly Hills in 2003.
In a brand new interview with GQ Journal, The Mummy star confirmed the allegation in opposition to Berk — and subsequent media consideration — was a contributing consider why he disappeared from Hollywood. Regardless of ample success in his early profession, the favored ’90s and ’00s actor vanished from the massive display screen for a number of years.
On the time, Fraser claimed he was “depressing” and “reclusive.” He mentioned he blamed himself for the alleged sexual assault.
Berk has denied ever sexually assaulting Fraser, although he advised GQ in 2018 that he did write a letter of apology to the actor.
In an inside investigation, the HFPA decided Berk had “inappropriately touched” Fraser however claimed the groping “was supposed to be taken as a joke.” (Berk was later eliminated from the HFPA in 2021 after he mentioned the Black Lives Matter is “a racist hate motion.”)
Brendan Fraser receives 6-minute standing ovation for ‘The Whale’ at Venice Movie Fest
“I’ve extra historical past with the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation than I’ve respect for the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation,” Fraser advised GQ.
Now, even when he’s nominated for The Whale (which can additionally rating Fraser an Oscar nomination), he mentioned he “won’t take part” within the Golden Globes.
“It’s due to the historical past that I’ve with them,” he mentioned. “And my mom didn’t elevate a hypocrite. You may name me quite a lot of issues, however not that.”
The Whale, which marked Fraser’s triumphant return to Hollywood, was proven on the Venice Movie Pageant and Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant the place it acquired widespread acclaim.
The movie follows Charlie, a 600-pound man performed by Fraser, who tries to construct a relationship along with his estranged daughter Ellie, performed by Sadie Sink.
The Golden Globe Awards are scheduled to happen on Jan. 10, 2023.
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