Actor Brendan Fraser claims he was sexually abused by a powerful Hollywood executive, which resulted in him being blacklisted from the movie industry forever.
In an explosive interview with GQ, the Mummy star describes a disturbing encounter with Golden Globes executive Philip Berk, who he says sexually assaulted him in 2003.
The incident occurred at the Beverly Hills Hotel while they were having lunch.
‘His left-hand reaches around, grabs my a** cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint,’ he told GQ.
‘And he starts moving it around. 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.’
Dailymail.co.uk reports: While he did not go public, about the incident he eventually did report it to the HFPA, but their response was clear: Fraser was rarely invited back to the Globes after 2003.
In the article, Berk says he wrote a letter to Fraser about the incident but ‘admitted no wrongdoing.’
Fraser said that he became depressed and he started telling himself he deserved what had happened to him.
‘I was blaming myself and I was miserable – because I was saying: “This is nothing; this guy reached around and he copped a feel”. That summer wore on – and I can’t remember what I went on to work on next.’
Fraser also says that the roles he was in took a physical toll on him. His physical prime from 1997’s ‘George of the Jungle’ was fast-fading.
‘By the time I did the third Mummy picture in China [in 2008], I was put together with tape and ice…’cause they’re small and light and they can fit under your clothes. I was building an exoskeleton for myself daily.’
Eventually the injuries he received while performing his stunts required multiple surgeries:
He needed a lumbar laminectomy, a surgery that removes the back portion of a vertebra in the lower back, to create more room within the spinal canal.
However, it didn’t take and it had to be done again a year later. He underwent a partial knee replacement, more back surgery involving bolting various compressed spinal pads together and even surgery to repair his vocal cords.
Fraser said he was in and out of hospitals for almost seven years.
The actor has been enjoying a minor resurgence on television, with a lauded supporting part in Showtime’s ‘The Affair’ and an upcoming role in FX’s ‘Trust’.
‘Maybe I am over-reacting in terms of what the instance was,’ he says about the Berk allegation. ‘I just know what my truth is.’