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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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46.

Dave    

Yawn

2813 days ago
47.

Sam    

College students drink regardless of whether they are in a fraternity or not. Sounds like a bunch of jealous losers who could never make it into a fraternity.

I hope they get billions.

2813 days ago
48.

sylvia ruthven    

I agree with #2 and also think they are suing because the movie is doing well and they want more $$$$$. That's how it is in America these days -- something or someone is doing well, well, hell, let's find some way to get in on the action -- oh, yes -- let's get a sleezy lawyer, that's the trick.

2813 days ago
49.

frosty    

So what if they were drunk when they signed the consent form. I mean if I get a girl drunk and sleep with her she is not under diminished capacity..... Oh wait. uhh Hmmm maybe getting people drunk to do things they normally wouldn't ought to be illegal. Hey! it already is.

2813 days ago
50.

ChrisVB    

Drunken college frat boys lured into doing something they regret for the sake of entertainment? For shame!!!!
Are you kidding me?!?!?! Let that be a lesson to them, and SCREW they're "goodwill & standing to the community". What a joke. Just another attempt at the money grab in this sinfully litigious society we live in.
Would they have sued if the movie flopped?
PLEASE!! Learn something in whatever school you go to!!! Drop the case you MORONS!
They should be addressed as John "D'oh"1 & John "D'oh"2 in the suit. That makes most sense.
Better yet, why not they just be execute in public square!!! HAHAHAHA!

2813 days ago
51.

timi    

to hell with that jew-hating jew.
he is the REAL problem to which there IS a final solution

2813 days ago
52.

John    

#10 - it has nothing to do with classism. It has to do with three idiots realizing how ignorant their viewpoints look when exposed on the big screen. They thought they'd be seen as cool and witty. Truth hurts. They deserve nothing. They'll get nothing.

2813 days ago
53.

A. Peterman    

I hope he gets sued right out of our Country -How stupid are the
People of this Country to laugh at how this clown makes grossly
fun of them, our culture, our ways and pay him large amounts of
money for it!!!! - There is absolutely NOTHING funny about it!

2813 days ago
54.

O-Face    

Wait a minute. Fraudulently induced behavior? Have you ever met a frat boy, let alone any other college student, who had to be "encouraged" to drink? Sam, care to field that one? Christ, people...

2813 days ago
55.

DubyaWanker    

George W Bush was a frat boy when attending college.
He enjoyed sticking firecrackers in frog's a**holes and blowing them up.
He also giggled wildly while burning frat pledges with heated coathanger wire to 'brand' them.
He frequently was drunk and buzzed on cocaine. He knocked up a girl and procured an abortion for her, and then had daddy cover it all up.

Yes, frat boys are such great citizens!

2813 days ago
56.

Britt Dot    

If these guys were really Phrat stArs, then they wouldn't be suing Cohen for giving them incredible street cred. Their nationals might be pissed off, but there is no way that they did not benefit within the USC community. If phi wAs in their shoes, i would take advantage of the publicity and not frivolously sue Cohen for an excellent piece of satyrical humor.

2813 days ago
57.

Bob    

Another ambush-the-white-guy film. Hasn't this been done like 4 times by Michael Moore? Oh ha ha ha! look at how racist white guys are. Ha ha ha! look how stupid white guys are. Look how drunk! Look at what slobs! ha ha ha. How come none of these "Movie" makers have the balls to show racism, sexism, homophobia, drunkeness and drug abuse in groups other than white males? Ever?
I guess because if someone ever did, the film would be labelled "racist" and never get distributed.

2813 days ago
58.

Edwin    

This lawsuit is obviously a wonderful prank in and of itself, getting Borat additional publicity. I love how all the comments are from people who fall for the prank.

2813 days ago
59.

Jon    

i am in a chapter of the same national fraternity that these guys are in. i can tell you that the specific chapter they are from (which is different than mine) is particularly douchey, and they are from the south so they tend to be ignorant fools. the reason they are suing is our national fraternity in the past has had problems with a bad image in the media and it completely makes sense that the national fraternity would do something like this.

2813 days ago
60.

Dan    

The funniest part is that those dudes DID look like a bunch of wankers ... the only thing their using their newfound notoriety for is getting their chubby asses beat by "blacks and jews" :)

2813 days ago
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