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Sacha Baron Cohen

Sued Over Bingo Melee

6/3/2009 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sacha Baron CohenIt's all fun and games until someone gets confined to a wheelchair -- which is exactly what one woman is claiming after she was allegedly attacked and left "crippled" by Sacha Baron Cohen (as Bruno) at a Bingo hall in 2007.

Richelle Olson has sued Cohen, NBC Universal and others claiming they told her Bruno was a celeb and would appear and call numbers at the charity bingo game she ran for the elderly in Palmdale, CA. Olson was none too happy when she saw Bruno, whom she describes as an "extreme, outrageous, offensive caricature of a gay man dressed in sexually revealing clothing with an Austrian accent..."

Olson alleges Bruno used "vulgar and offensive language" and when she tried taking the mic from him, a "physical struggle ensued" and Cohen "offensively touched, pushed and battered" her, causing her to fall to the ground.

She then claims three cameramen and others rushed the stage ... "where defendants attacked [her] for a period of one to five minutes to intentionally create a dramatic emotional response ... while [they] recorded her humiliation and embarrassment."

After the alleged assault was over, the suit says Olson went into another room where she was "sobbing uncontrollably" ... then was rendered unconscious ... "falling forward onto the thinly covered concrete slab, passing out and causing her to hit her head."

The suit says Olson was rushed to the hospital with a "diagnosis of two brain bleeds" -- and that she has been confined to a wheelchair and walker ever since.

Olson -- the Executive Director of Desert Valley Charities -- and her husband are suing for unspecified damages, including loss of marital relations.

Cohen's rep had no comment.

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1.

Larry Hagman    

No thank you to anal bleaching. Bleach your face

1779 days ago
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LST    

I smell...... MASSIVE EXAGGERATION FOR $$$$$$$$

1779 days ago
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Roro    

From what I've seen, there is only one word to describe Sacha Baron Cohen - Putz, A while back when he pulled his stuff on a New Yorker in the early A.M. and got punched out, ge got what he deserves... more punching out.

1779 days ago
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puck    

I don't know if I believe her, but if even a fraction of that IS true, I'd sue him too.

1779 days ago
5.

ron    

puh leeeaaze.. google Sacha Baron Cohen. That's his humor. She just agreed to some random celeb she didn't even look into? Riiiiiggghhhtttttttttttttt

1779 days ago
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Rip M 2 Shreds    

In Kaleeforna, everybody is lookin' to make a little cash on the side. Who cares if she wins? The insurance companies will have to pay her off. HA! Remember, the state motto is "Hey, who can we sue?"

1779 days ago
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LisaL    

Uh huh, and why did she not sue right off the bat?
Oh wait, I know why, b/c she didn't know who he was, and now that she found out he's rich, she conveniently sues him for a lot of money! *gasps* Shocker!
Another loser looking for a free handout.

1778 days ago
8.

PEPSI Generation    

NO TALENT BUM should be sued right off the stage,The I`am gaybit is so wornout.I would rather watch some GOLD fish in a bowl doing it-who knows what X they are than that bitty bitch old man boy try N to sell his lame little bit acts.

1778 days ago
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jojax    

This guy goes to far and some of his crap is not funny...he knocks over an old women, he should be sued.

1778 days ago
10.

Foxy    

Yeah too bad for this lady, but now I REALLY can't wait to see the movie!!

1778 days ago
11.

pink    

The statue of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in California is two years, so it's very common that people wait until near the deadline before filing a lawsuit. In many cases, they are making goodwill efforts to try and settle without having to file a suit, but insurance companies offer them small amounts that don't cover their actual medical, just to make it go away, forcing people to file the lawsuit. Also, it's stupid to file a lawsuit right away if you can't fully know how the injuries are going to resolve, because you could end up in court before the medical treatment is completed, making it difficult to determine what may be a permanent injury.

1778 days ago
12.

Sam    

The guy is a talentless hack.

I'd rather eat dog crap than watch anything with him in it.

1778 days ago
13.

luna    

this old b... the only thing she want is money and she want it now cause sacha is been on the public eyes cause bruno comedy so no w she claim some money and all cause she can't have marital relation,whos' care if her hubby even qith the viagra don't work any more i say viva bruno i love u men u doin good

1778 days ago
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WTF    

I'm going to sue also. After watching the trailer for Brüno I laughed so hard I peed myself. The problem was, I was at work and everyone started laughing at me. I was so humiliated that I ran out of the office and down the all. I was so distraught that I fell and broke my pancreas. Now I'm confined to a plastic jump suit and I have 2 dildos in my ass to stop anything from leaking...

1778 days ago
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filth    



I DID LIKE THE STAGE MTV/EMINEM SKIT, BUT HIS ONLY CLAIM TO FAME IS THRU HUMILIATING OTHERS.

I CAN APPRECIATE CATCHING SOMEONE OFF GUARD, BUT HE CROSSES THE LINE TO MAKE THEM LOOK LIKE AN ARSE.

LOVE COMEDY, BUT WANTING TO DEGRADE SOMEONE FOR THE ALMIGHTY BUCK AND FOR 15 MIN'S OF FAME IS A CHEAP WAY TO GET IT.

1778 days ago
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