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Borat Lawsuit

High Five!!!

11/9/2006 9:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

How's this for the beginning of a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles County Superior Court? -- "Sacha Baron Cohen is a prankster."

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Two anonymous plaintiffs are suing 20th Century Fox and One America Productions, claiming members of their college fraternity were interviewed to become part of the smash "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" film.

The plaintiffs -- listed as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 -- were allegedly assured the film would not be shown in the U.S. and their identities would not be revealed.

They were both selected to appear in the movie and, according to the suit, taken "to a drinking establishment 'to loosen up' and provided alcoholic beverages." They claim they signed the movie releases after "heavy drinking."

The suit claims both men were then taken to a motor home where they were filmed, all the while "encouraged to continue drinking."

The movie features a scene in a motor home where Cohen gets drunk with three frat boys who go on a racist rant about how they wished they had slaves and how minorities in the United States "have all the power."

According to the lawsuit, the frat boys only received $200 for the controversial appearance.

The plaintiffs claim they suffered "humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional and physical distress, loss of reputation, goodwill and standing in the community..." because the movie was indeed released in the U.S.

The suit asks for unspecified damages.

Calls to 20th Century Fox were not immediately returned.

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Cara Elizabeth    

Interestingly enough, with every success there follows a failure or in the entertainment industry, a lawsuit. At best, in situations where people feel they were betrayed or coerced into signing a consent (rather in a drunken state or not) should probably do their research and determine whether or not the documentary they will indeed be featured in is fraudulent or not. To sympathize with two drunken stupid frat boys who have been exposed nationally, nevertheless, as two drunken stupid frat boys is just plain dumb. Shame on you.

2795 days ago
17.

Phill    

Sacha Cohen is ace, if anyone thinks that those fratboys have a right to sue, then you're just as moronic as them. Yanks are funny, because there crap (except the smart ones, all 7 of them)!!!

2794 days ago
18.

Jared    

Okay listen closely, plain and simple. When drunk, true feelings come out. These kids regret it only due to the fact that everyone has seen and heard there true feelings about African-Americans. They want money and they do not deserve a cent. I laughed till I was blue in the face when I saw the movie. Thats the point, to laugh. Hmm I wonder why it did so well, oh that's right because it t was f'n hilarious. Those kids are just ashamed and want money. They made me laugh but they do not deserve a cent. Peace Out.

2794 days ago
19.

samiam    

im sorry but..
how do you fraudulently induce behavior,
in fact, drinking REVEALS you true self
or do you not read blake - if they are gonna
bank on their new celebrity, maybe they should think
of doing snl

2793 days ago
20.

Mike    

Yes, fraternities are social clubs. The unfortunate thing about them is that they mostly attract a**holes. These guys are a great example of what happens when a bunch of drunken a**holes get together and talk without thinking. Which is what most of us do every day. They were just stupid enough to allow someone to film it. These retards should have paid attention. Bottom line. Any time you sign a contract, you are legally bound to whatever the ramifications are. And if they have a problem with it because they were drunk? How many of their pledges decided to join their frat when they were drunk? Thanks for playing, guys.

2792 days ago
21.

Joshua    

What...they wanna sue because they showed their TRUE SELVES on film and then when they realized that people would see who they really are, they don't want it to be seen? TOO FREAKIN BAD. Should have thought about that before you opened your mouths and made asses out of yourselves, boyz.

GET A F***ING CLUE.

I hope it f***s up the rest of their pathetic little lives. They deserve it.

2789 days ago
22.

ViN    

In Vino Veritas.

2788 days ago
23.

Lando Griffin    

even if these idiots were drunk, it still shows where the minds are. I rest easy that these fools have insured that they will never get laid (with consent) and therefore will not produce any offspring. Thanks Borat!

2786 days ago
24.

Defender90    

Please. They made THEMSELVES look like jackasses, but why is that the "Borat" producers fault? I was drunk and that made me say things I would never say otherwise? Yeah, wouldn't say out loud, maybe. They didn't know their school would be identified? Then why was one of the clowns wearing a baseball cap with his school's name on it... the whole time the camera was rolling ??

They're embarassed because they embarassed themselves. If they were lied to or given lines to read, then they can make that argument in court. Otherwise, I think it's just an attempt to squeeze money, while not accepting responsibility for their own actions.

2784 days ago
25.

Marisea    

This has not one single thing to do with frats or fraternities. This is three good ol' boys in a camper, who while they were drunk let slip their sincere wish for the return of slavery. All you people who are going on and on about frats are missing the bigger picture, likely on purpose in an attempt to divert attention from the real shame, that is, that the particular sentiment expressed by those boys is not so uncommon in y'alls neck of the woods.

2773 days ago
26.

Right    

good stuff... good article.

2739 days ago
27.

mlc31    

p***ies.

2813 days ago
28.

Get Rid of Hollywoods Crack Whores NOW    

This is funny.

If those guys are in a FRAT then they already suffer "humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional and physical distress, loss of reputation, goodwill and standing in the community..."

Frats are for loser men who need to be in a crowd to feel empowered.
HAHAHAH Jackasses

2813 days ago
29.

Milly    

# 1 that is the funniest thing I have read today. I also agree with #2..LOLOL

P***IES TO A TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE..

2813 days ago
30.

frat gal    

wait... are these the drunken frat guys who wanted slavery reinstated on borat or the drunken frat guys who showed their asses on bruno's austrian gay tv?

2813 days ago
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