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That Letter Sent By Baron Cohen’s Bruno Lawyers To They Who Sue

by | 9th, June 2009

bruno_suesTHAT sound you hear is the rubbing of greasy palms, the mating call of lawyers heralding a new Sacha Baron Cohen film.

Already, Baron Cohen in his role as Bruno has attracted one Richelle Olson to file a lawsuit, claiming she was injured during filming at a bingo hall.

What are her chances of success and what can others hope to receive from Cohen’s men in shiny suits and shiner underpants? Well, the Hollywood Reporter’s blog has published a copy of a letter sent by Bruno lawyer Russell Smith to Richelle Olson’s reps:

* “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 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.”

* “Your clients also allege that Mr. Baron Cohen used ‘vulgar and offensive language over the loud speakers of the bingo hall,’ that ‘the bingo players are predominantly elderly,’ and that they ‘felt violated.’ … The footage shows that most of the bingo players were relatively young (like the plaintiffs), and that Mr. Cohen offered only light-hearted comments that were met with general laughter from the audience, and even applause.”

It also turns out that Olson signed a release promising not to sue:

“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.”

So much for the apparent spontaneity – you sign a waiver before filming begins. Anyone seen a copy of Eminem’s

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