‘It caused me emotional distress’: Brendan Fraser reflects on speaking out on allegations of sexual assault

Brendan Fraser has spoken candidly about how publicity over an alleged sexual assault has impacted his career.

The 54-year-old actor is celebrating his Hollywood comeback The whalein which he portrays an obese and reclusive English teacher trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

In 2018, Fraser claimed he was groped at a luncheon in 2003 by Philip Berk, former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Berk firmly denied the claims, calling Fraser’s account “a total fabrication.” Charges were never brought against Berk, but Fraser received an apology from the HFPA.

In a new interview with CBS News, Fraser was asked if the assault claims were “derailing” his career, to which he replied: “Well, yes, because there’s a system that’s about power. And up until then, I had played by the rules.

“I felt like, OK, now all of a sudden I got hurt. And it’s gone too far. And I can’t stand this any longer. It caused me emotional distress, it caused me personal distress.”

He added: “I spoke up because I saw so many of my friends and colleagues bravely step up to speak their truth to those in power at the time [in the #MeToo movement]. And I also had something to say.”

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Earlier this year, Fraser said he won’t be attending the 2023 Golden Globes, although it’s very likely he’ll receive a nomination for his starring role in the Oscars’ front-runner The whale.

Read The Independent‘s four-star rating of The whale here.

The whale will be released in the US on December 9th and in the UK on February 3rd, 2023.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/brendan-fraser-sexual-assault-whale-b2239649.html ‘It caused me emotional distress’: Brendan Fraser reflects on speaking out on allegations of sexual assault

JOE HERNANDEZ

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