By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Universal Pictures, Variety
While I'd typically laugh at anybody trying to sue Bruno or those involved over being humiliated, the first lawsuit to arrive is a bit more serious. According to Richelle Olson, who is suing both Sacha Baron Cohen and Universal Pictures, a Bruno stunt left her disabled.
So here's what went down. A charity bingo tournament that took place in Palmdale, California, two years ago got crashed by Cohen and Universal film crew. Using one of their sham company names, the entire bunch got access. Their story was that Bruno was an international celebrity, who just happened to be filming a documentary on bingo. Bam. Access granted.
Sh*t started to hit the fan when Bruno began using vulgar language in front of the 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 rile her up. Well, it only sort of worked.
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.
So let me get this straight. She was so sad from the incident that she fainted and hit her head? Or did she just randomly fall afterwards and hit her head? Hard to tell, but the injury caused some internal bleeding that resulted in her requiring a wheelchair or cane from then on.
Now, Universal Pictures has to have been expecting a lawsuit ever since the incident, and this has to be the worst of them. So what does Olson want? $~25,000? Phh. That one's probably worth paying.