In a new interview with GQ, the 49-year-old Mummystar claims that the former Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the non-profit organization that votes for the Golden Globe awards) president Philip Berk sexually assaulted him.
Fraser says the incident occurred in the summer of 2003 at a luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
He 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,” Fraser claimed.
“I felt ill,” he said, recalling how he felt afterwards. “I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry. I felt like someone had thrown invisible paint on me.
While he says he told his wife about what happened, he says he didn’t have the courage to tell anyone else.
Fraser did have his reps ask for a written apology, and the HFPA agreed to never allow Berk in a room with Fraser again.
Berk denies the story. “Mr. Fraser’s version is a total fabrication,” he also said in a statement to GQ, acknowledging that he wrote a letter to Fraser about the alleged incident. “My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual ‘If I’ve done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was not intended and I apologize.’”
The outpouring on Twitter after the publication of the piece was incredible. Celebrities and social media users urged readers to check it out, calling it “heartbreaking” and a “must-read” about “the star who went AWOL.”