Sacha Baron Cohen Sued Over Alleged Assault During Proposition 8 Rally

October 27, 2010 05:03:22 GMT

Cohen has been accused of participating in an alleged attack to gay cameraman Mike Skiff when the star and his Bruno Productions members shot 'Bruno' in 2008 Proposition 8 demonstration.


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Sacha Baron Cohen has now faced a lawsuit. The "Sweeney Todd" actor has been sued by gay cameramen named Mike Skiff, being accused of participating in an alleged attack during a gay marriage demonstration in Los Angeles back in 2008, Radar Online reported.

In the lawsuit, Skiff said he was photographing a Proposition 8 demonstration in Los Angeles on November 8 that year when Cohen's production company, Bruno Productions, were also at the rally as they shot "Bruno".

"In order to create dramatic content for it's production, Bruno Productions' intent was to promote violent discord between the assembled yes and no factions," the legal papers read. "In start contrast with the 'ultra gay' 'Bruno' character, members of the crew of Bruno Productions carried 'Yes On Proposition 8' signs contrived for the sole purpose of inciting and sparking unrest to enhance the dramatic effect of what they may capture on film."

In the suit, Skiff also claimed crew members approached him, "violently confronting (Skiff) with the threat of being clubbed with wooden signs." Skiff believed that his civil rights were violated, adding he "was injured in his health, strength, and activity, sustaining injury to his body and shock and injury to his nervous system and person, all of which injuries causes and continue to cause Plaintiff great physical, mental, and emotion pain and suffering."

Skiff claimed the Bruno crew did the alleged assault to prevent him from capturing anything on his camera. In the documents, Skiff is seeking at least $25,000 in punitive damages, as well as reimbursement for medical expenses and general damages.

Skiff has since posted a video on YouTube in which Cohen is seen appearing around the 5:25 mark:



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posted by Esteban on Oct 27, 2010
Gay men are very fragile. A 'shock' to the nervous system can have them prancing in circles shrieking for days. This is terrible.
posted by Common_Man on Oct 27, 2010
Too bad. I used to be a fan of Cohen's but it seems he has no moral compass. The etiquette coach from the Borat movie was out of business after her appearance. To me this was totally unfair. She was not deserving of Cohen's ridicule. But it was her exposure in the movie that ruined her business. Remember his crew are all union so you can understand why they feel entitled to push people around and bully them.
posted by Jenny on Oct 27, 2010
Oh please, that was no assault. And as to the camera man's claim that Baron Cohen (who I'm no fan of) created divisiveness... does he think we're stupid? The no on 8 people, had been committing violent acts against Prop 8 supporters, and their property for a month leading up to the election. Afterwards, no on 8 people were hurling racist epithets, and expressing support for violent acts against blacks, Christians and Mormons. How dare this jerk complain he was harmed in any way, Prop 8 supporters were forced from their jobs, by the so called "tolerant" left. As far as I'm concerned, I see the hate as coming from the no on 8 crowd.

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