Brendan Fraser claims he was blacklisted from Hollywood after alleged sexual assault

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Blacklist: Fraser claims he was left without offers after the 'incident': Getty Images for DIRECTV

Brendan Fraser has claimed he was blacklisted from Hollywood after an alleged sexual assault.

The 49-year-old has come forward with accusations that his career took a hit after he was allegedly sexually assaulted by a top Hollywood executive.

Fraser made his name in the industry after bagging leading roles in Disney’s George of the Jungle, the original Mummy trilogy and Encino Man.

However, the Blast from the Past actor said he withdrew from his public profile following an alleged altercation at a 2003 luncheon thrown by Golden Globe organisers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

In a new GQ profile, Fraser claims he was accosted at this event by former HFPA president Phillip Berk and alleges that he was groped on the buttocks by Berk when he offered to shake hands.

Speaking about the claims, Fraser said: “His left hand reaches around, grabs my ass 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.”

Fraser revealed that he did not go to the police at the time because he didn’t want the accusations to become a “part of his narrative.”

He added that the alleged encounter “made [him] retreat” from the spotlight and also put forward the argument that offers for major roles from Hollywood studios suddenly ceased to come forward.

Denied: Berk slammed all allegations (Getty Images)

“I don't know if this curried disfavour with the group, with the HFPA. But the silence was deafening”, Fraser said.

Berk has slammed that claims as a “total fabrication”, whilst acknowledging that he’d written the actor an apology letter that stopped short of accepting any blame.

The former HFPA executive said: "My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual 'If I've done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was not intended and I apologise.”

When questioned as to why he has come forward with the accusations now, Fraser revealed that the Time’s Up campaign and #MeToo movements have inspired him to speak out.

He revealed: “I know Rose [McGowan], I know Ashley [Judd], I know Mira [Sorvino]— I've worked with them.

"I call them friends in my mind. I haven't spoken to them in years, but they're my friends. I watched this wonderful movement, these people with the courage to say what I didn't have the courage to say."

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