Brendan Fraser says he 'will not participate' in Golden Globe awards if nominated

Brendan Fraser pictured at the TIFF Tribute Awards.
Brendan Fraser is tipped to receive a Golden Globes nomination for his performance in The Whale. Credit: AP

Brendan Fraser has said he won't attend the Golden Globes in January if nominated for his performance in The Whale.

In 2018, Fraser said that he was groped by Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) member Philip Berk, a former president of the organisation behind the Globes.

Fraser said the incident took place at a Beverly Hills, California, luncheon in 2003.

Berk, a member from South Africa, was expelled from the HFPA last year after calling Black Lives Matter "a racist hate movement".

Last year's Golden Globes were all but cancelled after the organisation was plunged into scandal, over ethical indiscretions and the revelation that the group then included no black voting members.

Many stars, publicists and studios said they were boycotting the Globes.

Earlier this year, the HFPA, after reforms, said the 80th Golden Globes will be broadcast on January 10.

But, in an interview with GQ Magazine, Fraser confirmed he won't attend, saying: "I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association."

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Asked whether he'll be involved with the ceremony if nominated, Fraser said, "No, I will not participate."

"It’s because of the history that I have with them," Fraser added.

"And my mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me a lot of things, but not that."

In Darren Aronofsky's The Whale, Fraser plays a reclusive English teacher, living with obesity, who attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

He's nominated for outstanding lead performance at the upcoming Gotham Awards and is considered a likely best actor nominee at the Academy Awards.

After an internal investigation, the HFPA concluded that Berk "inappropriately touched" Fraser, who in 2003 had recently starred in the acclaimed drama "The Quiet American".

However, the HFPA said it "was intended to be taken as a joke and not as a sexual advance".

Fraser said: "I knew they would close ranks. 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 ... I think it was because it was too prickly or sharp-edged or icky for people to want to go first and invest emotionally in the situation."