Movie bosses have blasted a lawsuit against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, insisting video evidence proves he never touched the woman he's accused of assaulting.
Richelle Olson has filed suit against Cohen and studio chiefs at NBC Universal, claiming she was injured in a stunt at a bingo hall in Palmdale, California in 2007, which was shot for the star's forthcoming comedy Bruno.
She claimed Cohen, who appeared in character as his outrageous gay Austrian alter-ego, used "vulgar and offensive language" when he took the stage to call the numbers during the charity bingo game, and when she tried to snatch the microphone from him she alleges a "physical struggle ensued".
The legal papers allege Cohen "offensively touched, pushed and battered" Olson, causing her to fall to the ground.
But NBC Universal bosses have unearthed footage they insist proves Cohen "never touched" the alleged victim.
A statement reads, "Filmed footage of the full encounter, which took place more than two years ago, clearly shows that Ms. Olson was never touched or in any way assaulted by Sacha Baron Cohen or any member of the production and suffered no injury.
"If the Olsons elect to proceed with their frivolous action, we expect each of the defendants to be fully vindicated."