Woman Sues Sacha Baron Cohen Over Brüno Incident
Sacha Baron Cohen
A woman has filed a lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen and NBC Universal over an incident involving the comedian's new film, Brüno.
Richelle Olson claims she was injured at a charity bingo tournament in a skirmish with Cohen and his film crew, the Associated Press reports. Her suit says that she needs a wheelchair and a cane for mobility, and seeks unspecified damages of more than $25,000.
Olson's lawsuit claims that Cohen used vulgar words while calling a bingo game, and that a struggle ensued after she tried to take the microphone away from him. The suit also states that Olson signed release forms before filming, but that she did so under "duress."
A publicist for NBC Universal had no comment on the suit.
Cohen's previous film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, also spurred several lawsuits, in which the plaintiffs claimed that Cohen had misled them. Several cases were dismissed last year when it was revealed that the plaintiffs had signed release forms prior to filming.
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