Palestinian Shopkeeper Sues Baron Cohen For $110 Million
In the latest lawsuit filed against Borat/Bruno creator Sacha Baron Cohen, a Palestinian shopkeeper is claiming that he was falsely portrayed as a terrorist in Bruno , harming his reputation and business. The $110-million lawsuit, which also names David Letterman and others, was filed in District of Columbia federal court last week by Ayman Abu Aita, who describes himself as a Christian and a "peace-loving person who abhors violence," the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. In an interview with Letterman, Baron Cohen said that he set up the meeting with Abu Aita in the West Bank at a "secret location" chosen by Abu Aita. The lawsuit claims, however, that Baron Cohen selected the location for the interview -- a hotel on the West Bank under Israeli military control. Perhaps most significantly, the shopkeeper claims he never signed a release.