Sacha Baron Cohen is no stranger to legal woes. He sets himself up with the characters he plays in his movies, tricking everyday people left and right. And he’s pissed off a lot of people!
The Bruno star is being sued by a woman for allegedly attacking a guest at a bingo charity event he showed up to. Richelle Olsen, executive director of California’s Desert Valley Charities, claims she was told a celebrity would be showing up to her bingo tournament to call the numbers. But instead, she says, an "extreme, outrageous, offensive caricature of a gay man dressed in sexually revealing clothing with an Austrian accent” showed up.
In a suit obtained by TMZ, she claims he used "vulgar and offensive language" and a "physical struggle ensued" when she tried taking the microphone from him. According to her suit, Cohen also "offensively touched, pushed and battered" her, causing her to fall to the ground.
Olsen also claims the woman was rushed to the hospital with a "diagnosis of two brain bleeds" and has since been confined to a wheelchair and walker.
Cohen and NBC Universal are among the parties she is suing for unspecified damages. A rep for Cohen and NBC Universal has yet to comment.
These are some pretty outrageous claims! We know Sacha Baron Cohen gets really into his characters, but we can’t imagine him inflicting harm on an elderly woman. We certainly hope this woman is exaggerating—not only for Sacha’s sake, but for the old lady!