British funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen is facing a lawsuit from an elderly woman following an altercation in a bingo hall during filming of his satirical movie BRUNO.
Richelle Olson is suing Cohen and film company NBC Universal, along others, over claims the star appeared as his outrageous alter-ego at a charity game she organised in Palmdale, California in 2007.
Olson says she was surprised when Cohen arrived at the event dressed as an "extreme, outrageous, offensive caricature of a gay man dressed in sexually revealing clothing with an Austrian accent".
She accuses the star of using "vulgar and offensive language" when he took the stage to call the numbers during the 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.
She goes on to accuse several camera operators, who were filming the event, of rushing on to the stage where "defendants attacked (her) for a period of one to five minutes to intentionally create a dramatic emotional response... while (they) recorded her humiliation and embarrassment."
Olson alleges she was so shaken by the incident she left the room and passed out "falling forward onto the thinly covered concrete slab causing her to hit her head". She claims she was subsequently admitted to hospital with "diagnosis of two brain bleeds" and has been confined to a wheelchair since the incident. She and her husband are suing for unspecified damages, according to TMZ.com.
Cohen has faced a variety of legal troubles over his comic creations in the past, including a string of lawsuits from members of the public who alleged they were duped into appearing in his 2006 film Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan. Two of the cases were dismissed by the courts last year (08).