Palestinian Sues 'Bruno' for $110M

Christian shopkeeper says he was slandered as terrorist
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2009 8:03 AM CST

(Newser) – A Palestinian portrayed as a terrorist in Bruno is actually a Christian shopkeeper and activist, and he's suing for $110 million. Ayman Abu Aita, identified in Bruno as a member of the militant al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, filed libel and slander suits last week against Sacha Baron Cohen, David Letterman, and CBS, among others, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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In a Late Show interview, Baron Cohen told Letterman he feared for his safety during a CIA-arranged meeting with a "terrorist" at a secret location on the West Bank. In reality, Abu Aita says, Baron Cohen interviewed him at a hotel in an area under Israeli control. The label "terrorist" is a "corrosive and calumnious slur against any young Palestinian who would be a political activist on the West Bank," said Abu Aita's lawyer. (Read more Sacha Baron Cohen stories.)

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