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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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121.

Andy Alvarez    


What a couple of douchebags.. not even using their own names

I saw the movies they are little pricks and are now humiliated

2821 days ago
122.

gossip in MD    

First off no one was holding a gun to the underage guy's head obviously he wanted to drink if he cared that he was underage then why didnt he just say no I am sure they would have understood....an second even if they were told that the movie was going to be released in Europe only havent they heard of the internet. That sh*t would have been posted up so quickly espicially if people found out that it involved an american school. And third if these guys want to make a point then why are they suing under the names Jon Doe 1 and 2 use your real names! Sh*t get some balls and just suck up the fact that you put yourselves out there like that its your fault and no one elses. Back in the day everyone got a laugh out of SMILE YOUR ON CANDID CAMERA....how is what they did any different then this they exploited people just as bad but its ok when a fat funny man hosts not when someone goes into disguise like Sacha did he is a great comedian that is only now getting the credit he deserves! LONG LIVE BORAT!!!

2821 days ago
123.

moretocome    

If you see the movie it will resolve any doubts you may have about these frat boys getting taken advantage of. Number one they we not that drunk. Number two, they knew they were being films and still said the things they did.

An before anyone comment about drunk rants. Let me say I work hard during the week so sometimes I get sh*t faced on weekend. I have been stagering drunk, I've passed out cold, but I have never ever made derogatory remarks against women, other races, or cops. Because deep down inside, I don%u2019t feel that way. You can't make someone say something they do not believe even when drunk off your ass. Unless you hold a gun to their heads.

Losers frat boys want $$$.

2821 days ago
124.

Liz    

These guys probably say the same things every Thursday night at the local dive to throngs of their obliterated "brothers". They're just mad cause now everyone else sees them for the ignorant drunken fools they are. They should shut the f*** up and go back to tea bagging and drawing on whatever one of their moron friends that passes out next.

2821 days ago
125.

Todd    

Hey, fag, you were quite quick to have some cheese stuck in your dick and have it eaten out in front of your fag brothers. Was that in the contract?

2821 days ago
126.

get real    

frat guys are not all bad but these guys made the statements, borat(cohen) didn't give them a script. they made themselves look bad. they opted to be in the movie and to those of you sick of ambush humor, get over yourself. innocent people who wish we had slaves and demean women and spread hate deserve to be made fun of just like the rest of us!

2821 days ago
127.

Get Rid of Hollywoods Crack Whores NOW    

I have been harassed by different men in different Frats.

There are a few nice guys in Frats but the most I have encountered have been loud obnoxious a**holes. I have had 2 different girls been sexually abused by Frats boys so you will excuse my distain for the entire organization

I hope they get nothing other than their asses handed to them by a Judge

2821 days ago
128.

arctickat    

You guys defending frats are really self righteous douches along with the others.
It certainly does take one to know one, and I know there IS indeed something to the stereotyoe.
Im not calling every frat boy an a**hole-There are some nice catches.

During my undergrad, there were a series of arrests in the Frat houses for Rohypnol distribution not to mention date raping freshman at Parties.

Also my boyfriend, who lived in a Frat house at Northeastern University mentioned the amount of homosexual initiation hazing. Luckily, he was only housing there temporarily, he didnt live there, but witnessed what went on.

There is definitely something not right with MANY Fratboy attitudes

2821 days ago
129.

moretocome    

Can you imagine what these boys are hearing from their friends and family after the movie was released? No wonder they're back tracking big time. Must suck to be them right now. The lawsuit is bogus, hopefully the judge or the lawyers will throw it out.

2821 days ago
130.

Ali G    

Busted! These guys are racialist and they knows it. Buya shaka. Go Borat!

2821 days ago
131.

DaLynchMob    

angry gdi's make me laugh. It's not our fault you chose to live in a pathetic dorm with the rest of the geeks

2821 days ago
132.

you suck    

it's interesting the number of you who defend this seemingly idiotic lawsuit on the grounds that cohen and crew violated some facet of contract law....

there hasn't been any proof of that offered thus far AT ALL. it seems much more likely that these jerks wanted to sue for a number of personal reasons (i.e. findinh themselves humiliated at their own brazen ignorance, wanting to benefit for a proven cashcow). of course they'd provide some excuse for signing the release agreement-- how else could they sue?? the proof remains to be seen. maybe you guys should take it easy on the aggressive defending of a few proven a**holes and wait to see what evidence they produce.

2821 days ago
133.

Josh    

What a bunch of Duffuses. It's like fat people blaming McDonalds for being fat. No dude, its you eating 5 Big macs in a row. "Borat" didn't make them say what they said.

2821 days ago
134.

Herry    

It's TjB (typical jewish behavior) to pull this type of nonsense, and Hollywood is run for the most part by them so it's encouraged against the goyim. Parents need to school their kids against that, but wait - doing so would be considered not cool as the alcohol no longer flows, and as a racist act, wouldn't it?

2821 days ago
135.

Sean    

Alcohol = impaired judgement = stupidity

This is a lesson so many frat kids try so hard to learn the hard way.

If I read this story right, they knew they were going to be in a movie BEFORE they started drinking so.. the makers of Borat are pretty much free and clear of any criminal charges because even while heavily intoxicated, you are held directly responsible for your behavior. Ask anyone that's been busted for DUI.

As for a civil suit, no idea, but I would hope that it wouldn't get anywhere.. we've already seen too much foolish litigation as it is..

2821 days ago
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