LOS ANGELES • In a 2014 memoir, Mr Philip Berk, a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which hosts the Golden Globes, recalled an incident the place he pinched actor Brendan Fraser’s bottom “in jest”.
But Fraser, star of movies reminiscent of The Mummy (1999) and George Of The Jungle (1997), mentioned the encounter left him feeling “ill”.
“I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry,” he advised GQ journal in a narrative printed on Thursday.
The incident happened at a HFPA luncheon in 2003, when Mr Berk shook his hand, he mentioned. That was additionally when Mr Berk touched him inappropriately, he added.
Fraser, 49, mentioned the incident was partly why he retreated from the leisure scene within the mid-2000s.
The expertise “made me retreat, it made me feel reclusive”, he famous.
Fraser was one of many largest stars in Hollywood throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, however went on to do bit roles. He has been making his comeback in latest months.
Last 12 months, he performed domineering jail guard John Gunther within the tv drama The Affair.
Next month, he will likely be seen in a starring position within the TV collection Trust, a interval drama that revolves across the abduction in Italy of John Paul Getty III, the then inheritor to Getty Oil.