Sacha Baron Cohen Sued: Richelle Olson Claims 'Bruno' Crippled Her
Sacha Baron Cohen as 'Bruno'
Sacha Baron Cohen is being sued by Richelle Olson, an elderly woman who claims she was "crippled" by a 'Bruno' stunt.
Olson, Executive Director of Desert Valley Charities, is suing Cohen and NBC Universal for a stunt that took place in a bingo hall while filming the satirical movie "Bruno."
Olson was told that 'Bruno' was a celebrity and would call the numbers at a charity bingo game she ran for the elderly in Palmdale, California. She was surprised when Cohen arrived dressed as an "extreme, outrageous, offensive caricature of a gay man dressed in sexually revealing clothing with and Austrian accent." When he began using "vulgar and offensive language" she tried to grab the microphone from him and claims a "physical struggle ensued."
The papers allege that Cohen "offensively touched, pushed and battered" Olson, causing her to fall to the ground, where camera operators filming the event rushed on to the stage and "attacked (her) for a period of one to five minutes to intentionally create a dramatic emotional response...while (they) recorded her humiliation and embarrassment."
Olson says she was so upset by the incident that she left the room and passed out "falling forward onto the thinly covered concrete slab causing her to hit her head." Olson was admitted to the hospital where she was diagnosed with "two brain bleeds" and claims she has been confined to a wheelchair and walker since the incident.
According to TMZ, Olson and her husband are suing for unspecified damages, including loss of marital relations.