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Bruno star sued for "inciting riot" at rally

Thu 28 Oct 2010 In: International News View at Wayback View at NDHA

Sacha Baron Cohen as Bruno Sacha Baron Cohen is being sued by an American cameraman who claims the comedian incited a riot at a gay marriage rally while shooting the film Bruno. Cameraman Mike Skiff claims he was assaulted during the Proposition 8 rally in Los Angeles in November 2008. He says he was pushed and threatened after members of the film's production crew held up signs against gay marriage to fire up the crowd. Skiff has filed the lawsuit against Cohen, citing alleged assault and battery by the British comic's own production crew, violation of civil rights and inciting a riot. Court documents filed by the gay journalist allege he was “injured in his health, strength and activity, sustaining injury to his body and shock and injury to his nervous system and person, all of which injuries causes and continue to cause Plaintiff great physical, mental and emotion pain and suffering". Bruno is a fictional gay Austrian fashion journalist played by Cohen, who takes his fashion programme to America. Skiff is seeking damages, medical expenses, and lawyer's fees.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Thursday, 28th October 2010 - 1:04pm

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