Although more than a year has passed since it first hit theaters and became the surprise comedy hit of the season, Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan has attracted yet another lawsuit.
This time driving instructor Michael Psenicska is claiming he was duped by the production, stating he was told they were making a “documentary about the integration of foreign people into the American way of life” according to a report from Reuters. The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court and names British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who plays the title role, One America Productions and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., a unit of News Corp. and Todd Lewis, a representative of One America, as defendants.
Psenicska stated he was paid $500 to give Baron Cohen’s obnoxious and oblivious reporter character Borat a driving lesson, during which Borat swerved crazily, drank and tried to proposition passing female motorists for “sexy time.” The lawsuit seeks $400,000 in actual damages and additional punitive damages for misleading Psenicska and for alleged emotional harm he continues to suffer.
This marks the fifth time that a lawsuit has been filed against the movie, Baron Cohen and Twentieth Century Fox.