PALMDALE - Never one to shy away from controversy, Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, is facing the same legal backlash with his latest movie that surrounded his last box office hit.
His 2006 film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make
Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" produced numerous lawsuits
by people claiming they were duped and humiliated by his antics.
But this time, Cohen is being sued for actual physical injuries related to his upcoming movie, "Bruno."
37-year old Richelle Olson is suing Cohen and NBC
Universal, claiming she was disabled during an incident at a charity bingo
tournament that was filmed for the movie.
The lawsuit states she now needs a wheelchair or cane to
Olson's lawsuit contends Baron Cohen has 30 sham companies that
help him pull off his ruses and that is how the comedian and his
camera crew gained entry into the Desert Valley Charities' bingo
tournament in Palmdale in May 2007.
Baron Cohen was invited to the event because his handlers
identified him as a "celebrity" who was filming a documentary on
bingo, the suit states.
The event was to raise money for nursing
According to the lawsuit, Baron Cohen - in character as Bruno -
started using vulgarities while calling the second bingo game in
front of a mostly elderly audience.
A struggle ensued after Olson tried to grab the microphone away
from Baron Cohen.
She claims he then called his camera crew over,
who attacked her for at least a minute, hoping to "create a
dramatic emotional response."
Olson's suit states she ran from the stage and was found moments
later by a co-worker, sobbing uncontrollably.
She then fell to the
floor, hitting her head on a concrete slab.
The suit states she suffered brain bleeding as a result.