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Sacha Baron Cohen Sued For £70 Million Over Bruno

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That's a shizload of money!

Ayman Abu Aita, a Palestinian grocer and peace activist from Bethlehem, is suing Sacha Baron Cohen for libel damages after being portrayed as a terrorist in Bruno.

Abu Aita is saying that the film has ruined his life, that he is a "firm opponent" of terrorists and has received death threats since the film's release!

He also says that he was tricked into the interview thinking that Cohen was a German producing a film about the Palestinian cause.

Cohen told David Letterman on his show last July that they found the "real terrorist" through a CIA contact.

If the guy isn't a terrorist he probably should get some money as that's a pretty libelous statement, but 70 million pounds!?

That's half of what the movie made!

What do U think?

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36 comments to “Sacha Baron Cohen Sued For £70 Million Over Bruno”



  1. 1

    First?

    Yeah, it's not a nice rumour to put out there. But $70 million?? Come on!!



  2. 2

    I'm also suing him for making this shitastic movie. I only got 30 minutes in…but still. Someone needs to pay for the pain it caused me.



  3. 3

    It's really too bad if he really is getting death threats. But 70 million pounds? That seems a bit outrageous. Its spreading the word that money can solve everything, which it can't.



  4. 4

    i don't think he should give any money to terrorists. hahahaha.



  5. 5

    I cant believe im commenting on this blog but this pisses me off so much.
    cohen is an ignorant prick when it comes to the lives that he's hurt in the movies he's made. when he was filming borat, he didn't give a penny to those people he was filming…an impoverished eastern european community. he completely exploited them. the guy is a complete bastard and a pig at that, and I hope this is a wakeup call to him…portraying someone in bethlehem as a terrorist? in BETHLEHEM? I think 70 million dollars is a ridiculous sum to give someone, BUT I HOPE THE 'TERRORIST' GETS IT SO THAT IDIOT SACHA BARON COHEN LEARNS A LESSON.



  6. 6

    ppp



  7. 7

    lol



  8. 8

    I think he asked for 70million because it's much easier to drop the prices than to raise it. If he asked for 50.000, he would get that and only that.
    And I think he should be paid less than and I should recieve the rest for watching that shitty ass movie. hatehatehatehate it



  9. 9

    Worst. Movie. Ever. EVER!



  10. 10

    Does it have anything to do with how horrible the movie was.



  11. 11

    That Cohen S.O.B. should have to pay the claim, court costs, plaintiff's legal costs, and do time in a Gaza prison.



  12. 12

    I think the $$$$ needs to be ridiculous though in order for Cohen to be deterred from doing something similar again. You can be funny without being an asshole…and certainly without ruining someone's life. He needs to get that memo.



  13. 13

    i think hes risked damaging the peace efforts there, not just this guys life. Not to mention he should have learned his lesson after his last film where he branded people from a village he visited rapists, whores etc. they couldnt fight back against his legal team but hopefully this guy will have the staying power. i didnt like Cohen even in his Ali G days - it just seemed cruel but this is a whole new level.



  14. 14

    This guy should learn his lesson. I know 70 is a bit much but still what rights does he have to f up someone's life and image. Now that I think about it 70 is not much because the guys life was threatened and what if he had dies cause of the douche's movie. I hate Sasha. He can't act so he does stoopid movies and people actually like him for that. He is over hyped. He is just ridicules!



  15. 15

    Mtwtmy 46 bg



  16. 16

    if he was not a terrorist then yes i think it is right to sue.



  17. 17

    My support always goes to Sacha Baron Cohen (#1 fan here!) but honestly, if the dude isn't really a terrorist it was very wrong from him to portray him as such. Now, the alleged terrorist is asking for too much money. All the lawsuits he has gotten over the movies are ridiculous, perhaps the terrorist case is the exception but all the other ones are just from shady people that don't want to work, want 15 minutes of fame and easy money. Get a life.. and a sense of humor.



  18. 18

    HE HAS NO CASE….Since none of u fools know anything about filmmaking, let me break it down for you. 1) Cohen in a Genius 2) It does no good to sue the individual, sue the studio! (duh) and 3) There's a little thing called a release form that every individual shown on screen must sign before their image can be used including actors, extras, interviewee's..everyone! Next time read the fine print buddy, or, why don't you do a little research on the person who is interviewing you and avoid people like Cohen, or better yet, just play along. His movies are just one extended joke any how. Cohen has BUILT HIS ENTIRE FUCKING CAREER ON RETARDS who get all geeked out when someone asks them to be in a movie. If this even makes it to court, the judge will ask, "Is this your signature on this release form?" He will answer "Yes, but—" The Judge will interrupt him and say " well tough shit, welcome to hollywood, next case"

    Sorry you are getting death threats, that sucks! But on the bright side, this was a good learning experience for all of us about not signing just any piece of paper shoved under our nose! especially if Sacha Baron-Cohen is anywhere in sight.



  19. 19

    Re: FemaleFilmMajor – Yeah, uh, I highly doubt the release form had any mention of defamation of character and libel. If this guys was ACTING along it would be one thing. but that idiot cohen twisted it to make him look like a real horrible human being that just lives his life among other people. Cohen is a jerk and a ridiculous joke, his movies are total crap made for the most simple minded perverse fools out there.



  20. 20

    I think Cohen is an idiot and a douche and I hope this guy takes him to the cleaners.



  21. 21

    If this guy gets 70 million pounds for being called a terrorist, I guess that every young woman you've been calling a slut -and worst- should get just as much, Perez…



  22. 22

    Re: FemaleFilmMajor – You are one annoying bitch!! Damn! Shut you're fucking pie hole!



  23. 23

    he should get 20 mil and move to another country



  24. 24

    Re: FemaleFilmMajor – RIGHT ON SISTER ! You had the first intelligent comment !



  25. 25

    Cohen was pretending to be Austrian you dick..

  26. ap076 says – reply to this


    26

    This will be settled for a much lower amount so he can by bombs to kill Jews with…..oh mean some goats.



  27. 27

    sacha baron cohen is a DOUCHE, plain and simple, and its no wonder his movie tanked . . .
    he makes films that destroy lives and take advantage of the kindness of strangers, because its only the nice people who would interact with that weirdo for more then 10 seconds.
    fuck him!



  28. 28

    This guy is a complete asshole and needs to disappear.



  29. 29

    I mean Sacha Cohen, not the grocer. Cohen is an idiot and it's amazing to me that he is still around. Are his 15 minutes up yet?



  30. 30

    you know his lawyers locked all of that down before



  31. 31

    He should get 150 million pounds. Cohen is an ass and not funny.



  32. 32

    to all above: shut the fuck up about SBC! he is a genius and his movies are hilarious! no one in the history of film making has ever walked the line so fine! 'going too far' is exactly what this world needs, mix the shit up a bit! look at Tiger Woods for example! it's the 21st century (i think haha) so wake up to yourselves! life isn't about climate change and emission reductions! what the fuck am I talking about? grievesy344~out

  33. PAUZE says – reply to this


    33

    He'll never win. No one wins against Sacha. The contract he has you sign before going on screen waves any right you have ever had in your life in any country. Good luck terrorist biotch.



  34. 34

    It doesn't matter the amount. He was depicted as a Terrorist. That's damaging enough. When Kirstie Alley implied that you were a Pedophile, I imagine that you were hurt, and outraged. Why? Because words are something that you can't take back.
    So.

    Yeah.



  35. 35

    Sascha Baron Cohen is a genius……an evil genius. He's supposedly a practicing Jew (he insists that his gf converts before he'll marry her)……but he has absolutely no ethics. I say give the victim all the money he can carry!



  36. 36

    Re: marie-eve – Amazeballs and ferosh idea!