A good story. In making the movie “Bruno,” Sacha Baron Cohen maligned a Palestinian interview subject by describing him as a “terrorist.” The characterization was pure racism. The Palestinian sued Cohen and David Letterman, on whose show Cohen repeated the charge, and Cohen has folded.
He had claimed free speech– an absurd defense when libel and misrepresentation are at work. From Al Arabiya, thanks to Max:
A Christian and ‘a peace-loving person’ who lives near Bethlehem in the West Bank, Abu Aita has never been a part of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade or participated in any terrorist activity, according to his court complaint papers.
The Palestinian grocer said he agreed to the interview that appeared in ‘Bruno’ thinking that he will be discussing peace activism with a real journalist, the complaint further read…
On Thursday, Abu Aita’s lawyer Peter Drennan said “the case is settled to the mutual satisfaction” of everyone involved.