Berk mentioned the incident in his 2014 memoir With Signs and Wonders, but said he pinched Fraser’s behind as a joke. Fraser, though, said he was overcome with fear and had to remove Berk’s hand.
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He said he hadn’t previously gone public with the allegations as, “I didn’t want to contend with how that made me feel, or it becoming part of my narrative.”
Berk denied the claim in an e-mail to GQ, saying “Mr. Fraser’s version is a total fabrication.”
Fraser was a regular leading man in the ’90s following box office hits Encino Man, George of the Jungle and The Mummy, and his sudden disappearance from the public eye had become fodder online in recent years, sparking memes and a petition imploring Hollywood to give him work that drew over 40,000 signatures.
In December, an awkward AOL interview with the actor went viral due to his downcast demeanour, with fans questioning whether the former star was depressed over his stalled career and a recent divorce.
“I buried my mum,” he told the magazine. “I think I was in mourning, and I didn’t know what that meant.”
“[Work] withered on the vine for me. In my mind, at least, something had been taken away from me.”
He questioned whether the HFPA had blacklisted him as a result of the incident, as he was rarely invited back to the Golden Globes, which the HFPA runs, after 2003.
“The phone does stop ringing in your career, and you start asking yourself why. There’s many reasons, but was this one of them? I think it was,” he said.
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