Brendan Fraser refuses to attend the 2023 Golden Globes

Brendan Fraser takes a stand.

The Whale star, 53, won’t be attending next year’s 2023 Golden Globe Awards even if he’s nominated for his role in the critically acclaimed drama.

In an interview with GQ, he stated that he would “not be attending” the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) awards ceremony. Fraser claimed in 2018 that former HFPA President Philip Berk sexually assaulted him in 2003. Berk, 89, continues to deny the allegations.

Fraser said he became depressed after the alleged incident and lost respect for the organization.

“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” the “Mummy” graduate told the outlet.

Brendan Fraser is making a Hollywood comeback with his film "The whale."
Brendan Fraser is making a Hollywood comeback with his film The Whale.
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“It’s because of the history I have with them. And my mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me many things but not that,” he continued.

In a 2018 GQ profile, Fraser described the alleged attack, which he said took place over lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

“His left hand reaches around, grabs my ass cheek and one of his fingers touches me in the blemish. And he’s starting to push it around,” Fraser said at the time.

Brendan Fraser in The Whale.
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He continued: “I felt sick. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.”

“I got depressed,” the ‘Blast from the Past’ actor explained. “I blamed myself and felt unhappy — because I said, ‘It’s nothing; This guy reached out and he caught a feeling.’”

Berk later issued a statement to the magazine, saying, “Mr. Fraser’s version is a total fabrication. My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual ‘If I’ve done anything to upset Mr Fraser, it wasn’t intentional and I apologize for that.’”

Berk remained a voting member of the HFPA until 2021, when he was ousted after sending an email to other members calling Black Lives Matter a “racist hate movement.”

Fraser said he thinks his allegations against Berk didn’t resonate as much because “it was too prickly or sharp-edged or gross for people to want to go first and invest emotionally in the situation.”

Fraser insists the HFPA has never issued him a real apology, so he will boycott the event if he is nominated.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association Wing at California State University, Northridge Dedication, Los Angeles, USA - September 15, 2017
Philip Berk denied allegations that he sexually assaulted Brendan Fraser.
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The Whale, directed by Darren Aronofsky, is being hailed as Fraser’s comeback in Hollywood. In the film, the Canadian-born plays a 600-pound English teacher named Charlie who struggles to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

The flick premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, where the ‘Bedazzled’ actor broke down in tears during a six-minute standing ovation for his role.

He also got emotional during another standing ovation at the BFI London Film Festival.

The Whale premieres on December 9th. Brendan Fraser refuses to attend the 2023 Golden Globes

Emma Bowman

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