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Brendan Fraser's Sexual Assault Allegations Against Former HFPA President Spark Investigation!

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An investigation is currently underway.

As we reported, in a GQ article published on Thursday, Brendan Fraser accuses former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk of sexual assault in 2003 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Related: Brendan Fraser Sues Producers Of His New Movie

Allegedly, Berk grabbed The Mummy star's "ass check" and touched him "in the taint" after a HFPA luncheon.

On Thursday, the organization released an official statement saying they are looking into the now-49-year-old's claims. They said:

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Brendan Fraser Says He Was Groped By Former HFPA President In Revealing & Powerful GQ Profile

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It's been a minute since we've heard from Brendan Fraser.

The Mummy star enjoyed a healthy career in the ‘90s and early aughts before plummeting into obscurity — a sudden drop off that has been attributed to his various medical issues, his rocky marriage, or just plain exhaustion.

But looking back, the actor wonders if something else played a part in his downfall: the time he was allegedly groped by the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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In a new revealing profile with GQ, Fraser recalled an encounter he had with Philip Berk that, to this day, has left him "frightened."

The incident took place in the summer of 2003 at the Beverly Hills Hotel after a luncheon held by HFPA, the organization that hosts the Golden Globes. Fraser was exiting the hotel when he was hailed by Berk, who reached out to shake the actor's hand.

What happened next has already been told from Berk's point of view — having been detailed in his memoir and reported by Sharon Waxman in The New York Times – that the former HFPA president pinched Fraser's ass in jest.

But the way Fraser tells it, Berk's hands were much more violating than a pinch. He claims:

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Oscars Golden Globes Drama Continues!

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Last we heard about the Golden Globes drama between Dick Clark Productions (DCP) and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), we were reassured that the Globes would continue to air, one way or another.

That's comforting to know, especially because a U.S. District Court judge ruled yesterday that the HFPA's lawsuit against DCP can move forward.

As we mentioned before, the HFPA filed a lawsuit against DCP last November for negotiating "a new contract with NBC without consulting the HFPA leadership first."

Here's what HFPA president Philip Berk had to say, after being given the O-K to proceed with their lawsuit:

"We are thrilled that the federal judge ruled in our favor that our lawsuit, claiming that DCP has no right to the Golden Globe Awards beyond 2011, has merit. We will continue the fight to reclaim all of our rights."

More from HFPA's lead litigator Linda J. Smith:

"We are delighted that the judge agreed with us and refused to accept the argument by Dick Clark Productions and Red Zone that they have any clear claim to control the broadcast rights to any future Golden Globe Awards show. Now that their attempt to evade responsibility for their bad-faith conduct has been rejected, we look forward to presenting our evidence at trial."

Sounds like things are looking up for the HFPA. Hopefully this doesn't get TOO ugly!

Thoughts???

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Globes President Philip Berk: Ricky Gervais "Definitely Crossed the Line"

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Yeah, consider yourself finished at the Golden Globes, mate. They're NOT pleased with you.

Not too many people are please with Ricky Gervais this morning. His hosting gig with the Golden Globes is seriously in jeopardy after he made the show "hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones." (Robert Downey Jr.'s words - not ours!)

But know one is more displeased with the event's host than the HFPA's President, Philip Berk. When asked to comment on last nights show and Ricky's remakes, Philip was nothing but adamant that he did no approve. He told sources:

"He definitely crossed the line. And some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that's Ricky. Any of the references to individuals is certainly not something the Hollywood Foreign Press condones."

But what we've been wondering every since all the hullabaloo start was why exactly Ricky got away with as much as he did? We're under the impression that hosts have to submit their material for review, so the censors and execs can sign off on the jokes he makes.

We were apparently wrong, as Philip explains:

"That's not how Ricky works. I had absolutely no idea what Ricky was going to say so anything I heard was at the same time you heard it. When you hire Ricky Gervais, you expect the unexpected."

Well, then you got exactly what you paid for, didn't you then? Sounds like you knew you could have been headed for trouble, but you chose to ignore the signs. That's on you then, isn't it?

Course, in the end, its still Ricky that loses out. Though Philip wouldn't confirm that he has no intention of inviting Ricky back to host again, we think its a safe bet that he won't. Probably wasn't such a good idea to call him old in front of the entire crowd.

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Golden Globes DRA-MA!!

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With just a couple of days away until the Golden Globe nominations are announced, major drama seems to be happening behind the scenes of the famous awards show.

PR chief Michael Russell has accused the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) of "unsavory business practices."

Without giving actual details, Russell wrote a letter to the organization's president Philip Berk claiming that he was fired and took issue with the HFPA's "questionable business practices."

He also stated that if these concerns weren't address by 2011's telecast, they would conflict with the "legitimacy and integrity" of the organization.

In a letter Russell wrote to Berk earlier this year (just before his firing), Russell demanded an apology and added:

"Of all people, you know how hard we had to work especially since there was frequent drama as you clashed needlessly and repeatedly with HFPA members, (Globes producer Dick Clark Productions), NBC, Chrysler, and members of the media.

This is the fifth year I have handled PR for the HFPA and Golden Globes with you as president, and this year was by far the worst as your conduct climbed to a new outrageous level."

Also in the letter, Russell alleged that Berk went back on a promise to give him 15% commission after the Michael Russell Group brokered a $100,000 Globes sponsorship deal with Glaceau Smart Water.

Wowsa.

So much dramz! Let's hope the Hollywood Foreign Press Association can get their shiz together before next month's Golden Globes telecast!

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