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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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46.

Googie    

IDEA FOR NEW REALITY SHOW - SUE A CELEBRITY.

1916 days ago
47.

Googie    

IT HAPPENED IN 2007, AND SUED IN 2009. WHAT HAPPENED DIDNT THEY FIND OUT JUST HOW FAMOUS HE IS UNTIL NOW???? SHE SHOULD HAVE JUST LET HIM HAVE THE MIC OR TURNED OFF THE MIC. AND THE HUSBAND IS SUING FOR LOSS OF MARITAL RELATIONS, YEAH ... RIGHT! JUST HOW OFTEN DID THEY HAVE SEX IF SHE WAS WORKING AT A BINGO???

1916 days ago
48.

well    

There should be a massive education of the general public. Do not sign a release for something that is ABOUT to be filmed. You can easily be misled. Although it still seems like fraud to my sensibility. Don't they seem to have to lie or mislead to get people to sign? You'd think, at least.

It's like those contractors who go door to door and get people to pay for a roof or driveway and then do a shoddy job or take the money and run.

1916 days ago
49.

well    

He's like a con man except instead of bilking you out of your life savings he bilks you out of your dignity and also fair compensation for international exposure.

1916 days ago
50.

QUEEZY    

She runs a bingo hall? Her marital relations were done a long time ago. She probably weighs at least 250 and smokes. She's full of crap. I hope she gets nothing.

1916 days ago
51.

anon    

It's sad that the lady was injured, but I doubt that Sacha is either legally or morally responsible. The second fall, which more than likely caused the brain bleed, happened when she was out of his presence. The other fall was a result of physical contact that she herself initiated. I seriously doubt that he or his crew struck her--especially on camera. It's more likely that when she fell the first time, it was as the crew stepped in to protect him from her while she tried to take the mike away.

On a side note, Sacha broke a leg during the filming of Bruno. I wonder if this incident is when he got hurt.

1916 days ago
52.

CC    

there is something wrong with a grown man who feels he has to create an obnoxious persona to be funny, borat was funny for about 3 minutes, I'm sure his new persona will be even less funny

1916 days ago
53.

Kathryn    

Anyone who thinks this dolt is funny is retarded. This guy deserves to have his face bashed in for the "stunts" he pulls. I think he's a legend in his own mind and just seems like a ridiculous clown who isn't funny at all. Some day he's going to piss off the wrong person.

1916 days ago
54.

betsyb    

Sasha, enough already! Maybe the schtick, "I'm pretending to be a crass and stupid: rapper, immigrant, gay person, etc.,, etc., but no one else here knows" was funny the first 100 times but it's rapidly wearing thin. Also, what WERE you thinking?? If she was really hurt, she deserves a few benjamins.

1916 days ago
55.

YumYum    

He is really a jackass. They can take him and lock him in a room with Carrot Top. See what they can do to one another. I won't go see any film he is in because he really seems to ruin a lot of things by thinking he is some comic genius. What a jerk.

1916 days ago
56.

Meredith    

People are so stupid
She just let some celebrity come in and she didn't even know who he was?
This case is so idiotic and especially they got it ON FILM so why is this crazy bitch lying!
Its expected that Sacha gets sued because he does to some psycho stuff but this is just crazy
Its clearly over exaggerated and its really hard to believe him and a film crew would attack her and give her brain damage.
This makes her look like a pathetic person.

1916 days ago
57.

j.w.    

these people steal from there charities and the bingo players that go!

1916 days ago
58.

uniqua    

i was at that bingo hall that night and things did not happen as stated. according to the players there, this lady was suppose to have cancer before this jerk came in the place. i never saw her hit the stage floor. There was no physical struggle!!!!!!!!!!!!

1916 days ago
59.

BINGOPOLICE    

I know Rashelle personally...What a scam she is trying to pull off. She's in a wheelchair because she told everyone she has cancer, and hepatitis B... Its always drama with this lady and she's the only one i know who has had cancer for years and it hasnt killed her yet. She is a lying con artist who uses the charity to steal money from the community. What happened to the multi million dollar building fund that the bingo players donated into???? Rachelle and Lance Olsen kept the money...for there own personal use....which is illegal... and boy you guys should go to Vegas with them, I have, and I've watched Lance gamble 5,000.00 hands at poker....Some one should be investigating these loosers, and she shouldn't have a problem in the bedroom, as she has many affairs on Lance including the bakery boy from subway! Her charity is a scam, and she donates nothing to the elderly or anyone else... Do a property search in LA county and see for yourself whos name the building property went into... and yet, the public of the antelope valley still go play bingo there.. Someone should shut her down. And do an Ebay search on her also, who needs stilettos, she purchased over 200 pairs of high heel shoes in 2 days... can't wear stilettos and be in a wheelchair, or can you??? hmmmmmmmm smells fishy Rachelle....

1916 days ago
60.

BINGOPLAYER#59    

WOW, AS A PLAYER AND A PERSON WHO KNOWS THIS LADY THIS IS CRAZY, FIRST OFF SHE HAS BEEN IN AND OUT OF A WHEELCHAIR FOR THE PAST 5 YRS FOR 1 B/S THING OR ANOTHER! AFTER DECLINING AN INVITATION FOR A 3 WAY I WAS ASKED NOT TO COME BACK TO HER BINGO HALL SO I KNOW HER (MARITAL RELATIONS) LINE IS CRAP, ALSO MR. OLSON WHO HIMSELF IS SUPPOSEDLY ON DISABILITY FOR A BACK INJURY CAN LIFT A FULL SIZED COLA DISPENSING MACHINE BY HIMSELF HUH WISH MY BACK WAS THAT BAD!!! THESE 2 ARE THE WORST TYPE OF SCAM ARTISTS TO LITE, THEY PREY ON THE ELDERLY AND USE THE CHARITY FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL FUNDS, LETS NOT FORGET THE ANGEL FISH FARM THEY USED TO LAUNDER BINGO FUNDS, PLUS CRUISES, AND OH YEAH AND WHAT ABOUT THE BARIATRIC OPERATION WITH NO HEALTH INSURANCE?? YEA LOL

1916 days ago
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