'Bruno' stunt allegedly disables woman
Olson claims she was severely injured after struggling with Cohen and his film crew at the event, held in
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages of more than $25,000.
Phone and e-mail messages sent to publicists for Cohen and NBC Universal weren't immediately returned Wednesday.
Cohen's 2006 film, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," produced numerous lawsuits by people claiming they were duped and humiliated by his antics. A
It was unclear whether the incident involving Olson will appear in "Bruno." The lawsuit mentions contracts that Olson apparently signed, but claim they were entered under "duress" and included several misrepresentations.
"Borat" was a surprise box-office hit, earning more than $125 million in the United States.
In "Bruno," scheduled for release July 10, Cohen plays a flamboyantly gay Austrian fashionista. Much like in "Borat," Cohen's humor depends on cajoling people to let him into events and he then tapes their reactions to his outlandish behavior.
Olson's lawsuit contends Cohen has 30 sham companies that help him pull off his ruses and that is how the comedian and his camera crew gained entry into the Desert Valley Charities' bingo tournament in May 2007.
Cohen was invited to the event because his handlers identified him as a "celebrity" who was filming a
According to the lawsuit, Cohen — in character as Bruno — started using vulgarities while calling the second bingo game in front of a mostly elderly audience.
A struggle ensued after Olson tried to grab the microphone away from Cohen. She claims he then called his camera crew over, who attacked her for at least a minute, hoping to "create a dramatic emotional response."
Olson's suit states she ran from the stage and was found moments later by a co-worker, sobbing uncontrollably. She then fell to the floor, hitting her head on a concrete slab.
The suit states she suffered brain bleeding as a result.
The lawsuit, filed in