Brendan Fraser will not attend the Golden Globes after alleged sexual assault

brendan fraser will not attend the Golden Globe Awardseven if he receives an acting nomination for his highly talked about performance in The whale.


asked by G.Q. In a new cover profile for the magazine’s Men of the Year issue if he would attend the event, which is scheduled for January 10, Fraser, 53, he said he “will not participate”.


“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” he added, citing the nonprofit organization that votes for the Golden Globe Awards.


“It’s because of the history I have with them. And my mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me a lot of things, but not like that,” Fraser said.


Brendan Fraser by G.Q..
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The Mummy star has claimed that former HFPA Chairman Philip Berk sexually assaulted him in the summer of 2003, while out for lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel, an alleged incident that Berk, 89, disputes. Fraser has said that he believes he was blacklisted by Hollywood in part because of the aftermath of the alleged incident.


According to the actor, the assault occurred when Berk reached out to shake Fraser’s hand as he was leaving the hotel. “His left hand reach around, grab my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me on the stain. And he starts to move it,” Fraser told G.Q. in 2018.


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Brendan Fraser on the cover of G.Q..
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The alleged incident left Fraser overcome with panic and fear. “I felt bad,” he said at the time, remembering his emotions after he took Berk’s hand away. “I felt like a little kid. I felt like I had a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry. I felt like someone had thrown invisible paint at me.”


Berk did not previously respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment on the alleged incident, but has denied the assault occurred a The New York Times.


“Mr. Fraser’s version is a total fabrication,” he also said in a statement to gq, acknowledging that he wrote a letter to Fraser about the alleged incident. “My apology was no admission of wrongdoing, the usual ‘If I’ve done something to upset Mr Fraser, it was unintentional and I apologize.’ ”


HFPA long time banned Berk member of the organization in April 2021, after he sent an email to his colleagues calling the black lives matter movement a “racist hate movement” and criticizing the co-founder of BLM patrisse cullors for buying a home in Topanga Canyon, California.


The South African-born former member had been a part of the organization for 44 years, once serving eight terms as president.


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Meanwhile, the golden balloons officially return to NBC in 2023 after the the network refused to broadcast the awards show earlier this year amid controversy.


The show’s television return comes after the HPFA was widely criticized for its lack of representation among its members after the Los Angeles Times published an exposé in February 2021, in which it was revealed that there were no members of the organization who were black.


At the time, an HFPA representative told the The Los Angeles Times that the group was aware of the problem and is “committed to addressing it.”


“We recognize the HFPA’s commitment to continuous change and look forward to welcoming the Golden Globes to NBC for its historic 80th anniversary in January 2023,” Frances Berwick, president of Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a September press release.


Helen Hoehne, President of the HFPA added: “We are delighted to announce the return of the Golden Globes on NBC and to host the ‘Party of the Year’ for audiences around the world who have been waiting for its return. It’s great to be able to back at the Beverly Hilton for the unmissable celebration recognizing the best in film and television. The HFPA remains committed to important change and supporting programs that prioritize diversity, inclusion and transparency.”


If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.

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