Brendan Fraser (left) accused former Hollywood Foreign Press President Philip Berk of groping him in 2003.
Brendan Fraser said a Golden Globes group dismissed sexual abuse claim against the organization from former president Philip Berk.
Fraser told GQ magazine, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association tried to get him to sign an agreement that stated he made a joke about his claim Birch groped him. “The Mummy” actor said that the HFPA wanted him to sign a statement that said it was touched by Birch, but “the evidence supports that it was intended to be regarded as a joke and not as a sexual advance.”
The HFPA manages the Golden Globe Awards.
Fraser said he would not sign because “I didn’t get the joke.”
BRENDAN FRASER ACCUSES THE FORMER HFPA PRESIDENT OF GROPING HIM IN 2003
“They kind of act like wolves in sheep’s clothing, saying, ‘Oh, we want him to heal.’ Well, the first step in that direction would be: What am I healing from? I can see this report? What is it?” Fraser said. “They commissioned a study. They received their report. They give no details about, and they do not give the report itself.”
Birch has declared that Fraser’s version of the incident was a “totally fabricated.” Birch currently has a place in the HFPA and vote.
In February, Fraser told GQ that Birch groped him from behind in 2003.
“I felt sick. I felt like a small child. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry,” Fraser said.
Fraser said that the incident “made me retreat. It made me feel withdrawn.”
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Following the report, the HFPA said that the examined Fraser’s claim.
“[W]e are equipped with an internal review and then took it with us to commission an independent investigation into the matter to ensure impartiality,” the statement said. “We share the results of that investigation with Mr. Fraser, and again apologized, but also transferred our need to keep to the research is the finding that the exchange was not intended that a sexual advance.”