Remember when hapless, adorable Borat used to get sued for silly things like touching people on the street or making a mockery of driver's education? Those were the days! TMZ reports today that a woman duped in next month's Brüno is suing Sacha Baron Cohen for putting her in a wheelchair.
Thirty-seven-year-old Richelle Olson was the organizer of a 2007 Palmdale, California, charity bingo tournament that was ruined by an "extreme, outrageous, offensive caricature of a gay man dressed in sexually revealing clothing with an Austrian accent." For reasons unclear, Baron Cohen, dressed as Brüno, was tasked with calling the tournament, and a mêlée broke out:
Olson alleges Bruno used "vulgar and offensive language" and when she tried taking the mike 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.
So, yeah, if any of this is actually true, it's pretty awful. The part about the bingo-calling sounds funny, though.