Brendan Fraser accuses HFPA member of groping him in 2003

In a profile in GQ, Fraser recounts an encounter with former HFPA president Philip Berk at a luncheon hosted by the organization at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Fraser alleges Berk grabbed his rear end as well as, through his pants, touched him from the area between his genitals as well as his anus.

“I felt ill. I felt like a little kid,” Fraser told GQ. “I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.”

After the incident Fraser, best known for his work from the “Mummy” franchise as well as films like “School Ties,” said he became “depressed.”

A representative for Fraser confirmed his account to CNN as well as said there was no further comment.

Berk, still a member of the HFPA, admitted that will he pinched Fraser’s buttock at the event in question yet said in his interview with GQ he did so in jest.

“The charge of a sexual innuendo is usually a total fabrication as well as a desperate attempt by Fraser to rescucitate (sic) his career,” Berk told CNN.

In response to questions posed to Berk by GQ, shared with CNN by Berk, he said the alleged encounter “occurred in front of dozens of people” as well as said he “had two witnesses.”

Berk did apologize to Fraser for the incident, after prompting via Fraser’s then personal publicist.

“My apology admitted no wrong doing, the usual ‘if I’ve done anything that will upset Mr. Fraser that will was not intended as well as I apologize,'” Berk said.

The HFPA told CNN in a statement that will the GQ article contains “alleged information that will the HFPA was previously unaware of” as well as that will they are “investigating further details surrounding the incident.”

“The HFPA stands firmly against sexual harassment as well as the type of behavior described in This particular article,” the statement via the HFPA read. “over time we’ve continued a positive working relationship with Brendan, which includes announcing Golden Globe nominees, attending the ceremony as well as participating in press conferences.”

Fraser said the incident “made me retreat” as well as “feel reclusive.” He chose not to come forward for a long time. from the aftermath of Hollywood’s reckoning with sexual harassment, however, he says he’s found his voice.

He tells GQ: “Am I still frightened? Absolutely. Do I feel like I need to say something? Absolutely. Have I wanted to many, many times? Absolutely. Have I stopped myself? Absolutely.”

Fraser has in recent years appeared on Showtime’s “The Affair” as well as miniseries “Texas Rising.”

He will next appear in FX’s “Trust.”

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