Borat Actor's High-Five to 'Mankini' Wearers: I'll Pay Fine

Sacha Baron Cohen offers to take care of tab after 6 Czech tourists are arrested in Kazakhstan
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2017 7:47 AM CST
Borat Actor's High-Five to 'Mankini' Wearers: I'll Pay Fine
Sacha Baron Cohen arrives at the premiere of "Alice Through the Looking Glass" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

If you do the crime, you gotta pay the fine. Unless you're a huge Borat fan and the actor who plays him happens to get wind of your overseas transgression. Such is the fate of a half-dozen Czech tourists, who were detained earlier this month for running around the Kazakh capital of Astana, sporting the barely-there swimsuits known as "mankinis" made famous by Baron Cohen's alter ego. Late Monday, the actor took to social media to show his appreciation (or guilt?) for their stunt.

"To my Czech mates who were arrested. Send me your details and proof that it was you, and I'll pay your fine," he posted on Facebook. Per the BBC, local media note the fine for each "indecent" mankini perp was $67. The email Baron Cohen provided ( appears to be a working one—or at least, it isn't getting bounced back as of this writing. Mashable promises to stay on top of the story for updates. (More Sacha Baron Cohen stories.)

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