“Borat” continues to be bullied.
Another lawsuit has been filed in relation to the Sacha Baron Cohen mockumentary, this time by a man in South Carolina who is suing a restaurant for allowing Cohen to film him in the restaurant’s bathroom.
Scene was cut from “Borat” but aired on Comedy Central in a show promoting the movie. Clip also was posted on YouTube and Google. In the scene, Borat poses as a bathroom attendant and comments on the man’s genitals.
The lawsuit, filed in a state court, asks for compensation and seeks an injunction against inclusion of the scene on any DVD release of the movie. It also asks that the footage be removed from the Internet.
The owner of the Columbia, S.C., restaurant, Fulvio Valsecchi, said he was told by the filmmakers that they were making a documentary about South Carolina tourism. He said managers did not know Cohen went into the bathroom with a camera.
“Borat,” released by 20th Century Fox, has made more than $120 million at the domestic B.O.
The lawsuit is the latest of several lobbed against “Borat.” A judge rejected a bid by two members of a U. of South Carolina fraternity to have their scenes cut from the movie, although their lawsuit against Fox and the film’s producers for damages may still go to trial.
Romanian villagers have filed a $30 million lawsuit, saying they were told they were participating in a doc about poverty in Romania. And the owner of etiquette training services in Alabama has sought an investigation, saying she was similarly misled into participating in the film.