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Brendan Fraser Accused The Former Hollywood Foreign Press Association President of Sexual Assault

Updated On 22 Feb, 2018 Published On

Brendan Fraser, who had disappeared from the film industry for a very long time, has now stepped out into the spotlight after coming forward with his sexual assault allegations against the former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk.

49-year-old Brendan was one of the biggest Hollywood stars in the ‘90s and early 2000s, appearing in popular movies like School Ties and The Mummy.

In a GQ interview published on Thursday, February 22, Brendan revealed that Philip sexually assaulted him in the summer of 2003 during a luncheon in Beverly Hills.

Brendan Fraser Accused The Former Hollywood Foreign Press Association President of Sexually Assault

Brendan Fraser Accused The Former Hollywood Foreign Press Association President of Sexually Assault

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He claimed that when he shook hands with Philip,

His left hand reaches around, grabs my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around.

He further added,

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. I felt like someone had thrown invisible paint on me.

Brendan rushed home and told his then-wife Afton Smith, whom he married in 1998 and divorced in 2008, about the incident. But at the time, he decided to not go public with the alleged story.

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He told the magazine,

I didn’t want to contend with how that made me feel, or it becoming a part of my narrative,

However, Philip, who is still a member of the HFPA, denies the allegations made against him.

In a statement to GQ, he said,

Mr. Fraser’s version is a total fabrication. My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual ‘If I’ve done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was it was not intended and I apologize.’

Fraser, who stars in upcoming FX show Trust, was inspired to come forward with the allegations after watching Rose McGowan, Mira Sorvino, and Ashley Judd publicly share similar experiences.

He admitted,

Am I still frightened? Absolutely. Do I feel like I need to say something? Absolutely. Have I wanted to many, many times? Absolutely. Have I stopped myself? Absolutely. Maybe I am overreacting in terms of what the instance was. I just know what my truth is.