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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 05/24/2010

"Bruno" lawsuit filed in D.C. court

By Washington Post editors

A Palestinian man portrayed as a terrorist in the movie “Bruno” has taken his lawsuit to D.C. Superior Court after the defendants argued the federal court lacked jurisdiction.

Ayman Abu Aita sued “Bruno” star Sacha Baron Cohen, David Letterman and others in December in U.S. District Court in Washington. A judge dismissed that suit on Thursday.

Abu Aita's lawyers didn't oppose the dismissal and filed a new lawsuit in Superior Court on April 30.

In the 2009 movie, Baron Cohen plays a gay, Austrian fashion journalist who travels to the Middle East to make peace. He interviews Abu Aita, and a caption labels the Bethlehem shopkeeper a member of the militant Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade. Baron Cohen discussed Bruno's encounter with a “terrorist” with Letterman on the “Late Show.”

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  bruno lawsuit, d.c. superior court, lawsuit, palestinian, sacha baron cohen  
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