Actor Brendan Fraser reveals his Hollywood career faltered after sexual assault
In a recent interview, the actor spoke about his struggle coping with trauma after the assault
In a tell-all interview with GQ, actor Brendan Fraser has revealed why he disappeared from the Hollywood movie scene. After a string of movies like The Mummy, The Quiet American and Crash, the actor just disappeared from the scene, with his last major role being in the third instalment of The Mummy trilogy in 2008.
In the interview, Brendan says that he was allegedly groped by former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president, Philip Berk. The incident occurred at a luncheon hosted by the HFPA, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the summer of 2003. As Brendan was leaving the crowded room, Philip came to say goodbye. Brendan says that the executive assaulted him while they were shaking hands.
“His left hand reaches around, grabs my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint,” Fraser claims. “And he starts moving it around.”
Immediately realizing what had happened to him, Brendan says he left the room and told his wife at the time what had transpired. “I felt ill,” he continued. “I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.”
This was what lead to the slow demise of his Hollywood career. “I became depressed,” he said, explaining his retreat. “I was blaming myself and I was miserable.”
For a while, Brendan said that he considered taking the allegations public, only to change his mind later on. “I didn’t want to contend with how that made me feel, or it becoming part of my narrative," he said.
However, the actor pushed for a written apology, which was swiftly issued.
GQ reached out to Philip Berk for his quotes on the allegations. Berk denied the allegations, saying: “Mr. Fraser’s version is a total fabrication.”
Philip Berk also added “My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual ‘If I've done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was not intended and I apologize.’"
Brendan alleges that the incident has affected his sense of self, and his career. But the #MeToo movement also gave him the strength to tell his story. He praises the women for coming forward with their stories and decided to add his own.
This move was very bold on Brendan's part. We hope it gives him enough strength to move forward. Brendan is currently filming for FX series Trust.
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