Brendan Fraser: I Was Molested By Golden Globes President, Hollywood Rejected Me
Star says he was harassed by president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Actor Brendan Fraser has exposed how he was suffered sexual assault by a powerful Golden Globes figure which resulted in him being blacklisted from Hollywood according to an eye-opening interview with GQ.
Fraser was a household name throughout the 1990s and 2000's starring in high grossing films such as the Mummy franchise and George of the Jungle, but saw a massive decline in recent years following the assault.
Fraser explained that multiple factors contributed to his failing career, which included health problems, marriage problems and a descent into depression.
The George of the Jungle star detailed said that he was sexually harassed in 2003 by the then president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Philip Berk, he told GQ.
The incident occurred in 2003 at a Beverly Hills Hotel while they were having lunch.
'His left-hand reaches around, grabs my a** cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint,' he told GQ.
'And he starts moving it around. I felt ill. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.'
Fraser, who told had told his wife about the incident, remained silent until now for fear of embarrassment and career damage.
The DailyMail reports: While he did not go public, about the incident he eventually did report it to the HFPA, but their response was clear: Fraser was rarely invited back to the Globes after 2003.
In the article, Berk says he wrote a letter to Fraser about the incident but 'admitted no wrongdoing.'
Fraser said that he became depressed and he started telling himself he deserved what had happened to him.
'I was blaming myself and I was miserable - because I was saying: "This is nothing; this guy reached around and he copped a feel". That smmer wore on - and I can't remember what I went on to work on next.'
Fraser also says that the roles he was in took a physical toll on him. His physical prime from 1997's 'George of the Jungle' was fast-fading.
'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 was building an exoskeleton for myself daily.'
Eventually the injuries he received while performing his stunts required multiple surgeries:
He needed a lumbar laminectomy, a surgery that removes the back portion of a vertebra in the lower back, to create more room within the spinal canal.
However, it didn't take and it had to be done again a year later. He underwent a partial knee replacement, more back surgery involving bolting various compressed spinal pads together and even surgery to repair his vocal cords.
Fraser said he was in and out of hospitals for almost seven years.
The actor has been enjoying a minor resurgence on television, with a lauded supporting part in Showtime's 'The Affair' and an upcoming role in FX's 'Trust'.
'Maybe I am over-reacting in terms of what the instance was,' he says about the Berk allegation. 'I just know what my truth is.'