Brendan Fraser, who has garnered appreciable awards buzz for his starring flip in subsequent month’s “The Whale,” says he does not plan on attending the subsequent Golden Globes ceremony, citing his “historical past” with the group in a brand new interview.
“I’ve extra historical past with the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation than I’ve respect for the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation. No, I cannot take part,” the actor defined in an interview with GQ printed on Wednesday.
Fraser is seemingly referring to the 2018 allegations the actor made in opposition to the previous president of the HFPA, Philip Berk, whom he alleges groped him at an occasion in 2003.
Fraser added to GQ about his choice: “My mom didn’t increase a hypocrite. You may name me plenty of issues, however not that.”
In a different profile for GQ in 2018, Fraser described the encounter with Berk at a luncheon hosted by the group on the Beverly Hills Lodge, the place Fraser alleged Berk grabbed his rear finish and, via his pants, touched him within the space between his genitals and his anus.
“I felt in poor health. I felt like a bit child,” Fraser stated on the time. “I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I assumed I used to be going to cry.”
Berk denied any wrongdoing, admitting that he pinched Fraser’s buttock on the occasion in query, however in his personal interview with GQ, he stated he did so in jest.
After Fraser’s allegations, the HFPA launched a press release that stated it was “investigating additional particulars surrounding the incident” and that it “stands firmly in opposition to sexual harassment.
Behind the scenes, Fraser claimed to GQ this week, the group finally got here again to him and proposed issuing a joint assertion that stated, in accordance with him, “Though it was concluded that Mr. Berk inappropriately touched Mr. Fraser, the proof helps that it was supposed to be taken as a joke and never as a sexual advance.”
Fraser says he refused to cosign the alleged joint assertion.
CNN has reached out to the HFPA and Berk for remark.
“I knew they’d shut ranks,” Fraser informed GQ. “I knew they’d kick the can down the highway. I knew they’d get forward of the story. I knew that I actually had no future with that system because it was.”
Reflecting on why his account might not have made waves, Fraser stated, “I feel it was as a result of it was too prickly or sharp-edged or icky for individuals to need to go first and make investments emotionally within the state of affairs.”
After Fraser’s allegations, Berk remained an energetic member of the HFPA till final yr, when he was expelled for disseminating an article to fellow HFPA members that referred to Black Lives Matter as a “racist hate motion.”
The Golden Globes, lengthy thought of the lead-up to the Oscars, additionally got here underneath hearth final yr after it was revealed by the Los Angeles Times that the affiliation contained no Black voting members.
Regardless of the group’s attempts to address the controversy and different ethics considerations, NBC severed broadcast ties with the organization, pending the group’s efforts to enact “significant reform.”
When requested if he believed whether or not any of the HFPA’s introduced reforms translated to actual progress, Fraser was skeptical.
“In the meanwhile, no. Possibly time will inform in the event that they’re going to…I don’t know what they’re going to do,” he informed GQ this week. “I don’t know.”
Following an overwhelmingly positive reception throughout movie pageant season, Fraser is taken into account a shoe-in for a greatest actor Oscar nomination.
In “The Whale,” Fraser performs a reclusive, overweight instructor who’s attempting to reconnect together with his estranged teenage daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink from “Stranger Issues”).
The movie, directed by Darren Aronofsky, hits theaters on December 9.