‘Bruno’s’ Bingo Lawsuit Heats Up

Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen

Who knew that a charity bingo game could stir up so much trouble? The recent lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen has received extensive coverage in the mainstream press, blogs, and internet bingo portals. The lawsuit stems from an incident where Cohen showed up at a charity bingo game in Palmdale California as ‘Bruno’ one of his many characters. Richelle Olsen who is suing Cohen was in charge of the game and said Cohen used vulgarities while calling the bingo game. When she tried to take the microphone away she alleges she was assaulted by Cohen and his camera crew.

The lawsuit has taken a nasty turn as Cohen’s lawyers demand she drop her lawsuit and face the wrath of Hollywood heavies. In a letter the lawyers said, “If you do not file a voluntary dismissal of the complaint with prejudice, and if you do not do so by this Monday, June 8, our clients will avail themselves of every legal remedy against you and your clients.” Cohen’s lawyers are also questioning Olsen’s version of the bingo game fiasco.

Cohen’s legal team also says it was Cohen who was assaulted. “Mr. Baron Cohen never touched Ms. Olson, much less assaulted her. To the contrary, Ms. Olson assaulted Mr. Baron Cohen, grabbing his arms from behind and attempting to pull him out of a chair. Putting aside the impossibility of the camera crew physically attacking Ms. Olson while at the same time filming her, the actual footage reveals that the number of crew members and other persons who attacked your client is zero.”

The lawyers further state that Cohen did not use vulgar language and that no one was actually offended by his remarks during the bingo game. “The footage shows that most of the bingo players were relatively young (like the plaintiffs), and that Mr. Cohen offered only lighthearted comments that were met with general laughter from the audience, and even applause.”

Cohen’s lawyers are also telling Olsen that since she signed a consent form the lawsuit has no legal merit. “If you believe the agreements your clients signed will not be enforced, you are mistaken. The agreements contain virtually the same language as the agreements in the various Borat litigations, in which courts from California to Alabama to New York have enforced those same contractual provisions in the face of claims not as weak as the bogus allegations of your clients.” Cohen’s lawyers also state they will seek attorney’s fees, fines, and damages if Olsen does not drop the ‘frivolous’ lawsuit.

It is hard to imagine how a simple charity bingo game could stir up so much trouble.  Continue to watch this online bingo blog for more breaking information on the case.