Brendan Fraser Says HFPA Tried To Dismiss Harassment as Joke
Brendan Fraser shared his own #MeToo story in a heart-wrenching GQ profile last February. He alleged that the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Philip Berk, grabbed his butt and that “one of his fingers touches me in the taint.”
The HFPA—which hosts the Golden Globes and holds a lot of sway in the industry—investigated. Fraser told GQ Wednesday that HFPA proposed issuing a joint statement that read: “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 told GQ that he doesn’t “get the joke,” and declined to participate in the statement.
- He added that when he asked to see the report, HFPA refused, citing witness-confidentiality concerns.
- Fraser wants HFPA to ask Berk, who remains onboard as a member, to step down.
- “There’s a system in place that’s unwritten. If you abide by it, you will be rewarded. If you don’t, you won’t be,” Fraser told GQ. But outside of that, I want to end this episode, this chapter, in my own life and career and move on, just as I’m hopeful that others will be able to in years to come.”