At a Los Angeles anti-Prop 8 rally in 2008, Sacha Baron Cohen showed up as Bruno, the flamboyant Austrian fashion reporter who earned $139 million worldwide. It was at that event, claims a gay cameraman 15 months after the movie arrived in theaters, Cohen assaulted him.
In a new lawsuit, Mike Skiff is demanding $25k in damages for his pain and suffering after he was unwittingly caught up in Cohen’s plan to “promote violent discord” while waving around pro-Prop 8 signs “contrived for the sole purpose of inciting and sparking unrest to enhance the dramatic effect of what they may capture for their film.” Skiff, who was documenting the rally as he does many LGBT events, felt “the threat of being clubbed with wooden signs” as Bruno crew worked to keep him from videotaping Cohen’s stunt
It’s only the latest lawsuit against Cohen’s fey film. He and his production company were sued last year by a woman claiming she was roped into participating in the film during a charity bingo game in California. That lawsuit also claimed the Bruno camped engaged in violent acts for the purpose of sensationalized events for the camera.
Below, Skiff’s video of Cohen filming at the rally (cue to around 5:15):