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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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61.

Chris Jacobson    

This is very typical to hear. I'm not surprised.

2848 days ago
62.

Mad Balls    

Hey I can feel for these guys . I was invited to a frat party and several bad things happened . I'm wondering if I can sue them . First they gave me way too much beer --I nearly died !! Then a bunch of girls came over and did cocaine -- I nearly overdosed . I had sex with those girls and caught an STD -- I nearly lost my liver !! To top it all off I sat on a tack that one of the frat boys put on my seat -- It gave me a nasty boil ....can I sue them for that nasty Boil ?!? Just wondering ?!?!?

2848 days ago
63.

Neil    

Lets rip on fraternity guys because they're losers who think they're in a special club and are smarter than everyone!!!!

oh wait.
you're probably not out having a good time and getting ass because you're too busy posting messages on a news website.

Good thing I can rip on you losers while my brothers and I are working for the Democratic Party and actually doing something worthwhile.

get a life

2848 days ago
64.

Greri    

Sacha is an a**hole and I will be happy if they get big money from this moron

2848 days ago
65.

Chet    

It is obvious that there are a LARGE NUMBER of dumbsh*t, undeveloped brains involved in the making of MOST of the comments:
It's a Simple matter of LAW.....
It DOESN'T MATTER if they are members of a fraternity.....
It DOESN'T MATTER if fraternities PISS YOU OFF......
It DOESN'T MATTER if they get drunk and do STUPID SH*T at other times....
YOU BETTER GET USED TO THE WAY CONTRACT LAW WORKS IN THE U.S.
YOU MAKE A CONTRACT - SAY YOU WILL OR WON'T DO SOMETHING, AND THEN DO IT IN VIOLATION OF YOUR WRITTEN AGREEMENT, THEN YOU ARE GOING TO GET YOUR STUPID-YOUNG-DUMB-ASS SUED, AND YOU SHOULD GET SUED......
QUIT LYING TO PEOPLE (both in writing and verbally).....
That'll solve the problem....

2848 days ago
66.

ng    

you dorks wish you were in a fraternity / sorority.

cohen is a genius. he breaks down PC so well. He only exposes the pathetic reality of many people, he doesnt create it. pure genius.

2848 days ago
67.

Greri    

Sacha is an ugly psychopat

2848 days ago
68.

david beach    

Hmmm so the frat is basically the one with no sense of humor ?
COuld be worse I suppose, could have been that undercover child molester sting that got 'em. I'm sure almost everyone is aware of the waiver they signed when they agreed to be filmed... and...not to mention...the camera... they saw the camera right ???
Good luck frat boys.....Suck it up and get ready for the real world...

2848 days ago
69.

Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV    

They deserve everything tey get. They were racist jackasses in the movie. No matter how much they had drank, they were stil huge D-Bags.

2848 days ago
70.

Jo Neumann    

You'll find that Jews have been making fun of (other) poeple for personal gain for the last 100 years, this is just more of that. Look at the Cohen brothers movies, Fargo, Raising Arizona, ect., everyone else is an idiot except of course the Jew.

2848 days ago
71.

John Doe 3    

How can a public court filing be called "Exclusive"????

2848 days ago
72.

NeedaRecordLabel-Listen to the link@Loudio    

The movie is brilliant. It exposes how f'd up America is.

This lawsuit is garbage. Say and think stuff like that and you deserve to be humiliated. Until they filed the lawsuit, they may have been able to save face by pretending what they said was scripted/mockumenary, but now obviously, we know it was real.

America needs to be shown how ugly we are. Maybe then people will think before they speak. Cohen is not making fun of Kazakhstan - he is making fun of America. Hopefully Kazakhs will realize this and show it in their country.

2848 days ago
73.

darkseraph    

Yah, frat boys prefer to keep the mental anguish bottled up inside so it will ferment into a nice vintage of hate, self denial and close mindedness. How dare Borat display their true colors and introdude honesty into their lives! Talk about a culture shock...lol

2848 days ago
74.

dg    

poor babies. maybe if you went to class you would have learned better.

2848 days ago
75.

SCAZ    

Frat guys like gay sex...wa-wa-wee-wa.

Try to make sexy time with Borat. Hey Frat guys, if you sue me I will crush you.

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