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Brendan Fraser Felt 'Depressed' & 'Reclusive' After Alleged Groping From HFPA Boss

Actor Brendan Fraser attends a special screening of Brendan Fraser Evan Agostini Invision AP REX Shutterstock
Hannah Rogers | 23 February, 2018, 01:34

The 2003 groping incident was reported in the New York Times and even in Philip Berk's memoir, but this is the first time that Brendan Fraser has talked about the incident publicly because he was embarrassed. Fraser claimed that when he was leaving the crowded event, Berk approached him to shake his hand goodbye.

"His left hand reaches around, grabs my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint", Fraser said. "And he starts moving it around", the actor said.

Like numerous other survivors of sexual assault, Fraser said he didn't want the assault to become part of his narrative, following him around and resurfacing those feelings.

'I felt like someone had thrown invisible paint on me'.

"In my mind, at least, something had been taken away from me". He told his wife at the time about the incident and reached out to the HFPA asking for an apology. The actor said that medical problems and a divorce, as well as the death of his mother in 2016, also added to the decline of his career over the years.

Berk's memoir, With Signs and Wonders - My Journey from Darkest Africa to the Bright Lights of Hollywood, was published in 2014, and details of his encounter with Fraser are presented matter-of-factly and nearly in passing. Berk too denied this, telling GQ that the H.F.P.A. did not blacklist the actor.

"Am I still frightened?"

This revelation informed an earlier discussion about how enthusiastic Fraser was about playing his own stunt double in the 2003 film "Looney Tunes: Back in Action". Philip Berk acknowledged to GQ that he did write a letter to Fraser, but qualified, "My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual 'If I've done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was not intended and I apologize'". Forty-three percent of men surveyed said they'd experienced sexual harassment or assault, compared with 81 percent of women.

Brendan Fraser has claimed he was sexually assaulted by the former head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

Fraser said he blamed himself for what had happened and found it hard to work after that.

"I know Rose [McGowan], I know Ashley [Judd], I know Mira [Sorvino]-I've worked with them".

'By the time I did the third Mummy picture in China [in 2008], I was put together with tape and ice.'cause they're small and light and they can fit under your clothes. "I watched this wonderful movement, these people with the courage to say what I didn't have the courage to say". "I didn't want to contend with how that made me feel, or it becoming a part of my narrative", he told the magazine. Absolutely. Have I stopped myself? Now, he can be seen as James Fletcher Chace in Danny Boyle's FX series Trust, which premieres on March 25.

"Maybe I am over-reacting in terms of what the instance was", he continued. "I don't know if this curried disfavor with the group, with the HFPA".

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