Actor Brendan Fraser is back in the news, and if you're wondering where he went in the first place, it may have something to do with his allegations of sexual assault against former HFPA president Philip Berk, and subsequent blacklisting.
In a long profile for GQ centered on his return to TV in "Trust", Brendan Fraser claimed that former HFPA president Philip Berk sexually assaulted him while at a luncheon in 2003, alleging he groped his buttocks region. The experience deeply wounded Fraser and he wondered openly if the incident led to his blacklisting, hence why his career took a dive over the next decade.
Actor James Woods has stepped forward to partly back up Fraser's blacklisting claims. Woods alleges that the former HFPA president blacklisted him for political reasons.
"I recommend this interview highly. I, too, was blacklisted by that individual at #HFPA after nine Golden Globe nominations," Woods wrote on Twitter. "During a press junket with HFPA, he asked if I would support Hillary Clinton if she ever ran for president. Never nominated again."
Berk denies ever groping Fraser and wrote in his memoir that he only pinched his butt jokingly. He also denied ever blacklisting him from the HFPA.
Just last year, Woods spoke about the Hollywood blacklist for conservatives, insisting that it does in fact exist.
"While #Liberals scream about the 50’s blacklist, my #Repub actor friends are terrified of losing their ability to provide for their families," Woods wrote. "The only reason I express my views is that I have accepted the fact that I’m blacklisted. Also I bought Apple stock in the 80’s."