Brendan Fraser revealed that he would not be attending the Golden Globe Awards, even though he received a nomination for his outstanding performance in “The Whale”.
The 53-year-old actor is on the GQ cover for their 27th annual Men of the Year issue, and revealed he “will not attend” the ceremony following allegations from the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Philip Burke groped him in 2003.
He commented, “I have more respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.”
The HFPA is the organization that stages the Golden Globes.
“It’s because of the history that I have with them, and my mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me a lot of things, but not that,” Fraser told GQ.
Fraser claimed that Burke assaulted her some 20 years ago during lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel and blacklisted her from Hollywood.
GQ’s “What Ever Happened to Brendan Fraser?” 2018 Interview, “The Mummy” Actor Detailed Alleged incident:
“His left hand grabs my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the groin. And he starts twirling it around. I felt sick. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat.” I thought I was about to cry.”
The alleged incident left a “reclusive” Fraser feeling fearful and depressed, she admitted.
In an additional 2018 interview with GQ, Burke denied the allegations and said that Fraser’s version of the story is a “total fabrication”.
However, in Burke’s memoir, he describes the incident, in which he placed his hand on Fraser’s butt during an embrace, as a joke.
In April 2021, Burke was publicly expelled from the HFPA after sharing an article in an email to membership and calling Black Lives Matter a “racist hate movement”, according to media outlets.
Meanwhile, during the GQ interview, Fraser mentioned that for the past few years, he’s been attending fan conventions and is thrilled that people line up to see him.
At events, he recalled asking fans about his past work on “The Mummy,” HBO Max’s “Doom Patrol” and other film projects.
Fraser shared that he learned to recognize another “specific type of connection” from his more “vulnerable” fans, who admire him for speaking out against Burke.
He added that “it is indeed possible to seek help… I want them to know… if they admire or respect me for any particular reason, that if this sort of thing happened to me, it Could happen to anybody. And we’re all just… we’re all just people,” Fraser said during his GQ interview.
He told GQ, “I can see someone across the room who has something to say, something to share, who has something that happened … someone hurt them.”
The Golden Globe Awards are set to return on January 10, 2023.