It’s been a long time since Brendan Fraser has appeared on the big screen for a Hollywood movie. Fans will remember his roles in blockbusters including The Mummy franchise, Encino Man, among others from the 1990’s.
In a new interview, Fraser opened up about his struggles in life in the last twenty years as well the groping incident which caused him to question his self-worth. The 49-year-old Encino Man alum is currently living in New York City, where the divorced actor is raising three sons, one of whom is autistic.
In the last ten years, Fraser lost his mother to cancer, went through a brutal divorce, and had to undergo several surgeries as a result of some of his stunts in The Mummy.
Additionally, the actor experienced a harrowing sexual assault in Hollywood from an industry executive. According to Fraser, in 2003, Philip Berk, a man who worked for the Hollywood Press Association, grabbed his behind after a ceremony where the actor revealed an annual charitable donation.
Following the altercation, Fraser demanded a written apology from the organization as well the journalist who refuted Brendan’s story in The New York Times back in 2004.
When speaking with reporters from GQ Magazine, Fraser said the incident made him “feel ill,” and “like a little kid” that wanted to cry.
The actor said Philip had reached out his hand to shake his hand but instead grabbed his buttocks. It made him feel a sense of fear and panic. In response to the charges, the journalist claimed his story was a “total fabrication,” and mock-apologized for any other alleged wrongdoing.
Fraser went home after and told his wife, and felt miserable about it. The actor wrestled with feelings of guilt as if it wasn’t a big deal and was merely making it out into something tremendous.
According to the 1990’s star, his available working opportunities dwindled after that. Hollywood went on to forget about Fraser and his career.