Bingo! First Bruno Movie Lawsuit Filed
Bruno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt doesn’t even hit theaters until July 10, and already it’s sparked its first lawsuit.
TMZ reports that Richelle Olson is suing Cohen, NBC and others after she was left “crippled” during a charity bingo game she was running for the elderly in a Palmdale, California, bingo hall in 2007.
Olson, the director of Desert Valley Charities, claims that Cohen, under the guise of Bruno, agreed to call numbers at the bingo game. Under the impression that Bruno was a legit celeb, Olson says she was dismayed when what she calls an “extreme, outrageous, offensive caricature of a gay man dressed in sexually revealing clothing with an Austrian accent” showed up to her event.
Then things allegedly got unpleasant.
Olson’s suit claims that Cohen used “vulgar and offensive language” and, when she tried to wrestle the mic away from him, a “physical struggle ensued” and Cohen “offensively touched, pushed and battered” her.
During the struggle, Olson says she fell to the ground. But wait, it gets worse. Olson’s suit claims that three cameramen and others then “attacked [her] for a period of one to five minutes to intentionally create a dramatic emotional response…while [they] recorded her humiliation and embarrassment.”
So humiliated was Olson, she claims, that she rushed to another room and “[sobbed] uncontrollably.” The trauma allegedly caused her to pass out unconscious, forcing her to “[fall] forward onto the thinly covered concrete slab, passing out and causing her to hit her head.”
Olson says that she was then rushed to the hospital, where she “was diagnosed with two brain bleeds.” The charity worker—who says that she’s been confined to a wheelchair ever since, is suing , along with her husband, for unspecified damages.
Cohen’s last cinematic gem, 2006’s Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, sparked numerous lawsuits after its release.