Roughed-Up Cameraman Sues 'Bruno'

Suit accuses Baron Cohen of trying to incite riot among factions at gay rally
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2010 4:01 AM CDT

A cameraman who says he was shoved around by Sacha Baron Cohen's camera crew during a gay rights rally is taking the comedian to court. Baron Cohen—in character as the flamboyantly gay Austrian fashionista Bruno—joined protesters opposed to legalizing gay marriage at the Los Angeles rally, and journalist Mike Skiff says he was shoved, pulled, and threatened with wooden signs when he tried to film him, AP reports.

Skiff says he was injured in the scuffle, and accuses the comedian and his crew of being at the rally to "promote violent discord between the assembled 'yes' and 'no' factions," by carrying signs" contrived for the sole purpose of inciting and sparking unrest to enhance the dramatic effect of what they may capture for their film." He is seeking $25,000 in damages.
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