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Borat Lawsuit

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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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31.

Rick    

NOW THE LEECHES ARE OUT IN FULL FORCE!!!!! THESE IDIOTS DESERVE NOTHING, BUNCH OF A**HOLES

2903 days ago
32.

GOAWAY    

I bet the only reason they are suing is because the movie is doing well. I agree with #2.

2903 days ago
33.

frat gal    

can i ask this again??? are these the drunken frat guys who wanted slaveryh reinstated in borat or the drunken frat guys that bared their asses on austrian gay tv on bruno??

i have to know since i feel very strongly that the borat frat boys were misrepresented while the bruno frat boys were most likely gay.

2903 days ago
34.

Jennifer    

First: they made asses of themselves and this should be taken as a lesson learned.
Second: if they were underaged and drinking, THOSE KIDS should have action taking against THEM
Third: Learn to read the fine print.

2903 days ago
35.

ladyli1    

i love it when assholes get busted and claim "i didn't mean it"! their behavior is o.k in europe?

2903 days ago
36.

xanax    

A couple of bitches

2903 days ago
37.

Sam    

I'm glad Sacha Cohen is getting sued. I'm sick of all this ambush humor and innocent people's expense.

Also, Frat guys make easy targets because of class envy. It's just a social club, it doesn't make people bad.

2903 days ago
38.

Jordan    

It seems like people have more against Fraternities than they do against keeping your word…interesting.

2903 days ago
39.

Frank    

If Borat's going to bring in millions, they ought to pay those who helped them to make it, right? Especially if they fraudulently induced certain behavior. I say to the frat guys to go for it.

2903 days ago
40.

Rizzo    

Ever been to a frat party? Lets see, underage drinking, people making asses out of themselves, public urination, date rapes, etc, etc.. How can they be upset. They want money given the movie's success. Besides, they're probably trying to use their current notoriety in an attempt to get laid right now by some drunken sororiety chick.

2903 days ago
41.

brian    

I hope that the lawyer is being hourly because he will starve if he is on contingency. Signed - A Lawyer

2903 days ago
42.

JP    

And I suppose the money from the lawsuit is going to restore their credibility and that will make things better. What a bunch of morons

2903 days ago
43.

DS    

I guess they got their 15 minutes of .... shame!! Who cares!!

2903 days ago
44.

B.D.    

Twink the Twinkee....What kinda fu*king fag name is this....Godamn Queer..........You were probably outside jerking off...

2903 days ago
45.

Heard it all before    

Because all of those are limited strictly to fraternity sponsored events...those acts are committed by college kids regardless of their association with a particular organization. In fact, since most fraternities know the magnifying glass is on them anyway, its less likely to happen there.

2903 days ago
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