Mike Skiff, an LA based cameraman, is suing Sacha Baron Cohen, best known asÃ‚Â Bruno, Borat and Ali G. The charges against new Dad Cohen and his production company are pretty serious, and includeÃ‚Â assault and battery, violation of civil rights, and inciting a riot. Skiff is asking them to cough up $25,000 for all the alleged misdemeanors.
Apparently Skiff was out shooting a Prop 8 rally in LA, when Cohen’s filming at the same event supposedly led Skiff to become, “injured in his health,Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 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.”
The confusing legal doc explains the mishap, stating, “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. 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…”
Skiff also says that he’s gay and was in the process of trying to document an important moment in the community’s history when the Bruno team totally messed things up, and he believes that, “…Plaintiff sexual orientation was the very purpose of Bruno Productions perpetration of the violence and intimidation against Plaintiff: all for its own commercial benefit. Bruno Productions conduct was, inescapably, an egregious affront to the homosexual community, and a despicable example of discrimination, manifested by violence, intimidation and threats, perpetrated on Plaintiff.”
Ergo, pay up. Not the first time that Baron Cohen has been sued, so he should be used to it by now.