Sacha Baron Cohen sued over ‘terrorist’ label

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is facing a $110m (£67.5m) libel action from a Palestinian man who says the film Bruno wrongly branded him a terrorist.

Shopkeeper Ayman Abu Aita was interviewed for the 2009 comedy and captioned as a member of militant group al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade.

He is also suing US talk show host David Letterman after he and Cohen discussed meeting a “terrorist”.

Film financers Universal Studios and Letterman’s lawyers have not commented.

‘Utterly false’

In legal papers filed in Washington DC, Bethlehem businessman Mr Abu Aita’s lawyer said he was a Christian and “a peace-loving person who abhors violence”.


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