South Carolina Man Sues After 'Borat' Restroom Scene Hits Cable and Internet
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A man claims he was "accosted" by the star of the spoof documentary "Borat" while using a restroom at an upscale restaurant last year, according to a lawsuit.
It is the latest of several lawsuits filed since the release of "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."
The scene with the man, who was not identified in the lawsuit, doesn't appear in the hit movie but has been shown on Comedy Central and various video-sharing Web sites, said Columbia attorney Jonathan Milling. "He has been contacted by numerous people who have recognized him," Milling said.
The plaintiff, a South Carolina resident, says British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen posed as a bathroom attendant at Ristorante Divino in October 2005, invading his privacy and staring as he used a urinal, according to the lawsuit.
"He is embarrassed and humiliated and leaves the restaurant," Milling said of his client Tuesday.
The plaintiff was told a crew was filming a documentary on tourism but he never saw cameras, which were hidden in the restroom, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit makes no mention of a consent waiver and Milling said his client was not paid.
The man is seeking punitive damages and is asking that the scene not be put on DVD.
A judge in Los Angeles last week rejected a request by two South Carolina fraternity brothers to block the DVD release of the movie. The judge also refused to order the removal of a scene that includes the two men, who claim they had been duped into misbehaving on camera.
The pair sued Nov. 9, claiming they were tricked into making racist and sexist remarks to Cohen in the movie.
The movie, which follows the adventures of Cohen's Kazakh journalist character, has been a surprise hit at the box office, earning more than $100 million in the United States.
Louis Petrich, an attorney for defendants 20th Century Fox and One America Productions, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday.