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.
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”.