LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court says a lawsuit filed by a woman claiming Sacha Baron Cohen caused her to suffer serious injuries should be dismissed.
The 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles ruled Monday that Baron Cohen's actions while filming a scene for the film "Bruno" were protected by free speech doctrines.
Richelle Olson sued Baron Cohen in June 2009, claiming she suffered severe injuries after struggling with the comedian and his crew as she ordered him to leave a charity bingo game.
Olson had permitted filming at the game but ordered Cohen to leave after he started equating the numbers with his character's homosexual relationships. The film is about a gay Austrian fashionista.
Olson's attorney Marjorie Marenus did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.