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 “history” with the group in a brand new interview.
“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. No, I will not participate,” 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 mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me a lot of things, but not that.”
In a unique profile for GQ in 2018, Fraser described the encounter with Berk at a luncheon hosted by the group on the Beverly Hills Hotel, the place Fraser alleged Berk grabbed his rear finish and, by means of his pants, touched him within the space between his genitals and his anus.
“I felt ill. I felt like a little kid,” Fraser stated on the time. “I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was 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 an announcement that stated it was “investigating further details 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, based on him, “Although it was concluded that Mr. Berk inappropriately touched Mr. Fraser, the evidence supports that it was intended to be taken as a joke and not 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 would close ranks,” Fraser informed GQ. “I knew they would kick the can down the road. I knew they would get ahead of the story. I knew that I certainly had no future with that system as it was.”
Reflecting on why his account could not have made waves, Fraser stated, “I think it was because it was too prickly or sharp-edged or icky for people to want to go first and invest emotionally in the situation.”
After Fraser’s allegations, Berk remained an lively 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 movement.”
The Golden Globes, lengthy thought-about the lead-up to the Oscars, additionally got here below hearth final yr after it was revealed by the Los Angeles Times that the affiliation contained no Black voting members.
Despite the group’s makes an attempt to handle the controversy and different ethics issues, NBC severed broadcast ties with the group, pending the group’s efforts to enact “meaningful reform.”
The 2022 Golden Globes weren’t aired on tv. NBC introduced in September that the present would return to air in 2023, citing the HFPA’s “commitment to ongoing change.”
When requested if he believed whether or not any of the HFPA’s introduced reforms translated to actual progress, Fraser was skeptical.
“At the moment, no. Maybe time will tell if 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 optimistic reception throughout movie pageant season, Fraser is taken into account a shoe-in for a finest actor Oscar nomination.
In “The Whale,” Fraser performs a reclusive, overweight instructor who’s making an attempt to reconnect together with his estranged teenage daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink from “Stranger Things”).
The movie, directed by Darren Aronofsky, hits theaters on December 9.