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Sacha Baron Cohen sued over Bruno stunt at bingo hall - News.com.au - 4th June 2009

Sacha Baron Cohen sued over Bruno stunt

Woman claims she was left a cripple

Just days after Sacha Baron Cohen stole the show at the MTV Movie Awards with his infamous bare-bottomed stunt, a woman is suing the comic claiming he left her a cripple after attacking her at a bingo hall.

Richelle Olson has sued Cohen, NBC Universal and others claiming they told her his character Bruno was a celebrity and would appear and call numbers at the charity bingo game she ran for the elderly in California in 2007.

Olson was appalled when she saw Bruno, whom she describes as an "extreme, outrageous, offensive caricature of a gay man dressed in sexually revealing clothing with an Austrian accent ..."

Olson alleges Bruno used "vulgar and offensive language" and when she tried taking the mic from him, a "physical struggle ensued" and Cohen "offensively touched, pushed and battered" her, causing her to fall to the ground, TMZ.com reports.

She claims three cameramen rushed the stage "where defendants attacked (her) for a period of one to five minutes to intentionally create a dramatic emotional response ... while (they) recorded her humiliation and embarrassment".

It is believed the stunt was filmed for a scene in Cohen's upcoming film Bruno.

The suit says Olson was rushed to the hospital with a "diagnosis of two brain bleeds" - and that she has been confined to a wheelchair and walker ever since.

Olson and her husband are suing for unspecified damages, including loss of marital relations. (Credit: News.com.au)

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