So Sue Him

Did Bruno Disable a Bystander?

Sacha Baron Cohen's latest shock-humor movie won't hit theaters until July, but already the backlash has begun. A Palmdale, California woman says that, during a segment filmed at a charity bingo tournament, she struggled with Cohen and his film crew to the point that it permanently disabled her. Richelle Olson's lawsuit claims she needs a wheelchair or a cane, now, and seeks more than $25,000 in damanges according to the Associated Press. Though most of Cohen's lawsuits from his 2006 flick, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazahkstan were ultimately thrown out, Cohen's brand of take-no-prisoners parody has already pulled Eminem and the MTV Movie Awards into its sphere of "did he or didn't he?" humor brinksmanship. According to Olson's lawsuit, Cohen—posed as flamboyant Austrian alter-ego Bruno—was calling numbers for the charity bingo game when he broke into a stream of profanities. Olson struggled to take the microphone back from Cohen and says he called his crew over to physically attack her for "at least a minute" to "create a dramatic emotional response." Olson says she ran from the stage, fell and hit her head, and suffered a brain bleed and emotional duress.