So, what happened to Brendan Fraser, whose starring role in 1999’s “The Mummy” propelled him to international stardom before falling into relative obscurity in the early aughts? Allegedly, the actor was sexually assaulted by the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) in 2003, causing him to back away from Hollywood.
In a long profile for GQ centered on his return to TV in “Trust”, Brendan Fraser claims that former HFPA president Philip Berk sexually assaulted him while at a luncheon in 2003 in a similar incident to one alleged by actor Terry Crews against a Hollywood agent.
“In the midst of a crowded room, Berk reached out to shake Fraser’s hand,” GQ began. “Much of what happened next Berk recounted in his memoir and was also reported by Sharon Waxman in The New York Times: He pinched Fraser’s ass—in jest, according to Berk.”
Fraser alleges that Berk did much worse than just a jocular pinch: “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.”
Despite being overcome with panic and fear, Fraser eventually removed Berk’s hand. (more)