Our favourite comeback kid Brendan Fraser has declared that he won’t be attending the Golden Globes, due to HFPA’s refusal to take responsibility for the truth.
Brendan Fraser has stated his intent to pass on the 2023 Golden Globes, should he be nominated for his performance in The Whale.
“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association”
In a recent interview with GQ, Fraser, who has garnered a lot of praise for his role in Darren Aronofsky’s film The Whale, said he would not attend the event due to his history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organisation behind the Globes.
“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. No, I will not participate.”
When asked why, the retelling of a historical sexual assault claim from 2003 came to light,“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.”
In 2018, Fraser called out former president and member of the HFPA Philip Berk, accusing Berk of groping and assaulting him in 2003. Berk maintained at the time that he did nothing wrong and called Fraser’s description of events a “total fabrication”.
After making headlines, the HFPA released an official statement: “The HFPA stands firmly against sexual harassment and the type of behavior described in this article.”
Fraser has said that the HFPA eventually came back to him with a proposed joint statement, which allegedly read, “Although it was concluded that Mr. Berk inappropriately touched Mr. Fraser, the evidence supports that it was intended to be taken as a joke and not as a sexual advance.”
Fraser refused to sign off on the statement.
“I knew they would close ranks,” Fraser said of the HFPA.“I knew they would kick the can down the road. I knew they would get ahead of the story. I knew that I certainly had no future with that system as it was.”
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