Brendan Fraser explains why he won’t be attending the Golden Globes



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Brendan Fraser, who has won numerous awards for his starring turn in next month’s “The Whale,” says yes. doesn’t plan to attend the upcoming Golden Globes ceremony, citing his “history” with the organization in a 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 be participating,” the actor explained in an interview with GQ published Wednesday.

Fraser is apparently referring to the 2018 allegations the actor made against former HFPA president Philip Berk, who he alleges groped him at an event in 2003.

Fraser added to GQ about his decision: “My mother didn’t raise me a hypocrite. You can call me a lot of things, but not this.”

In a separate GQ profile in 2018, Fraser described meeting Berk at a luncheon hosted by the organization at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Fraser alleged that Berk grabbed his rear and, through his pants, she touched him in the area between his genitals. and his anus.

“I felt sick. I felt like a little kid,” Fraser said at the time. “I felt like I had a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.”

Berk denied any wrongdoing, admitting that he pinched Fraser’s bottom at the event in question, but in his own interview with GQ, he said he did it as a joke.

Following Fraser’s allegations, the HFPA released a statement saying so was “investigating further details about the incident” and that it “stands strongly against sexual harassment.”

Behind the scenes, Fraser told GQ this week, the organization eventually got back to him and proposed issuing a joint statement that he said said, “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 co-sign the alleged joint statement.

CNN has reached out to the HFPA and Berk for comment.

“I knew they were going to close ranks,” Fraser he told GQ. “I knew they were going to kick the can down the road. I knew they were going to go down in history. I knew I certainly had no future with that system as it was.”

Reflecting on why her account may not have made waves, Fraser said: “I think it was because it was too poignant or edgy or disgusting for people to want to go first and get emotionally invested in the situation.”

After Fraser’s allegations, Berk remained an active member of the HFPA until last year, when he was expelled for circulating an article to fellow HFPAs that referred to Black Lives Matter as a “movement of racist hatred”.

The Golden Globes, long seen as the lead-up to the Oscars, also came under fire last year after the Los Angeles Times revealed the association had no black voting members.

Despite the of the organization In attempts to address the controversy and other ethical concerns, NBC severed broadcast ties with the organization, pending the group’s efforts to enact “meaningful reform.”

The 2022 Golden Globes were not televised. NBC announced in September that the show would return to air in 2023, citing the HFPA’s “commitment to ongoing change.”

Asked if he believed any of the HFPA’s announced reforms had translated into real progress, Fraser was skeptical.

“At the moment, no. Maybe time will tell if they will … I don’t know what they will do,” he told GQ this week. “I do not know.”

After an overwhelmingly positive reception during the film festival season, Fraser is considered for a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

In “The Whale,” Fraser plays an obese, lonely teacher trying to reconnect with his teenage daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink of “Stranger Things”).

The film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, hits theaters on December 9.

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