AceShowbiz - Brendan Fraser is calling out Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) bosses for hiding the results of an investigation sparked by his groping allegations against former president Philip Berk.
In an interview with GQ magazine in February, the 49-year-old actor alleged he was sexually assaulted by Berk at a HFPA luncheon in 2003. The Mummy star said he demanded and received a written apology from Berk following the incident, but he admitted no wrongdoing in the mea culpa and claimed he was only joking with the actor.
Fraser told GQ: "His left hand reaches around, grabs my a** cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around... I felt ill. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry."
Following Fraser's claims, bosses at the organisation insisted they would launch an investigation into the allegations, but Brendan is now accusing HFPA bosses of not being forthcoming. He also alleges organisation bosses wanted to put out a joint statement after concluding the investigation, but he refused to sign it.
In the statement, HFPA bosses accepted Berk touched Brendan "inappropriately, but it was intended to be taken as a joke and not as a sexual advance". They also issued an apology to Brendan, but explained Philip would be staying with the organisation.
"I don't get the joke," he tells the publication. "I'm the only one who would know where I was touched on my body."
He also explains he refused to sign the statement because HFPA bosses wouldn't show him the full results of their investigation.
"What I said to them was, 'Show me the investigator's report, and then I'll know what I'm signing off on'," he says. "They're kind of behaving like wolves in sheep's clothing about it, saying, 'Oh, we want him to heal.' Well, the first step in that direction would be: 'What am I healing from? Can I please see this report? What is it?' They commissioned an investigation. They received their report. And they're not giving any details about it, and they're not giving up the report itself."
Berk claims he hasn't seen the report either, but reveals he did not face any disciplinary action.
Meanwhile, Brendan is looking to move on from the alleged encounter, but he is hopeful Berk, who is still an active member of the organisation, will resign, and HFPA officials will create new rules surrounding harassment issues.
"I wanted them to have every opportunity to change this" he adds. "It's not too late. They can still do the right thing."