The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is investigating Brendan Fraser’s claim regarding an alleged groping which supposedly took place back in 2003. Celebrity Insider reported yesterday that the exec grabbed him following a ceremony where Fraser announced an annual charitable donation.
Fraser attributed his lack of presence in Hollywood to the incident among other occurrences in his life. Following Fraser’s allegation, the HFPA is investigating the claim and released a statement obtained by E! Online.
The organization claims it “stands firmly against sexual harassment” on anyone’s person.
A representative writing on behalf of the company stated they’d maintained a positive relationship with Brendan his entire career including the announcement of Golden Globe nominees and press conferences.
The HFPA stated they were unaware of the charges made by Fraser and are now taking them seriously. Meanwhile, in an interview with GQ magazine, Fraser claims Berk reached out to grab his hand and instead grabbed his buttocks.
Brendan said it made him feel “ill” and like a “little kid” who was about to cry. Despite Fraser demanding a written apology from Berk after the altercation, the actor never fully healed from it because of the New York Times and Berk who essentially laughed at his story.
Fraser revealed the incident made him “feel reclusive” and lowered his sense of self-esteem. After he went public with the charge, work for him “withered on the vine.”
In Fraser’s mind, he admits, he lost something that day; not only his dignity but part of his career. Berk said in his, what some might call a “fake-apology,” claimed Brendan’s story was a “fabrication,” and if Philip did do something wrong, he “apologizes for that.”