cohen walking a thin line

A California woman is suing Sacha Baron Cohen for assaulting her during a 2007 incident in Palmdale that allegedly left the woman in a wheelchair. 

Richelle Olson is suing Cohen and NBC Universal over an altercation that occured during a Bingo game that she organized and Cohen was hosting. According to Olson, Cohen showed up as his  flamboyant character Brüno — whom she describes wore a suit as “extreme, outrageous, offensive caricature of a gay man dressed in sexually revealing clothing with an Austrian accent” [who used] “vulgar and offensive language.” 

When Olson attempted to take the mic from Brüno, a “physical struggle ensued” and Brüno “offensively touched, pushed and battered” her, causing her to fall to the ground before becoming unconscious and “falling forward onto the thinly covered concrete slab, passing out and causing her to hit her head.” She was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with “two brain bleeds” according to the suit and has been confined to a wheelchair and walker ever since. Olson and her husband are suing for unspecified damages, including loss of marital relations.

This is the latest in a long line of lawsuits launched at Cohen over the outrageous antics of his various characters, including Borat. A spokesperson for Cohen could not be reached for comment at press time.

Cohen is most recently known for his  appearance on the MTv Movie Awards (this past week) as the same racy character Brüno, who crash landed on Eminem’s face while sitting in the audience. Although, it has been confirmed that this was a prank, I don’t think Eminem enjoyed it.


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