Etiquette Teacher Files Complaint Against Borat

Etiquette Teacher Files Complaint Against Borat
Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat
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updated 11/17/2006 at 08:00 AM EST

originally published 11/17/2006 08:35AM

An etiquette teacher who appears in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan has filed a complaint claiming she was fooled into appearing in the film.

In the movie, Cindy Streit, who owns the Birmingham, Ala.-based Etiquette Training Services, appears in a dinner party with Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat character, who at one point hands her a plastic bag supposedly filled with feces.

Streit says she was contacted by a production company about filming a segment with an "international guest from Belarus Television."

She said she arranged for Borat to attend a dinner party with her friends, which went smoothly until he asked to use the bathroom, the AP reports. "I had taught him to excuse himself. He did that correctly and went upstairs," Streit said. "The next thing that happened is that he came down the stairs holding this plastic bag with whatever was in it."

She added, "My horror was that he had brought a bag of feces to my dinner table."

Streit, who has hired Amber Frey attorney Gloria Allred, said she filed a complaint Thursday with California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, requesting an investigation into possible violations of the California Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Gregg Brilliant, a spokesman for Borat's distributor, 20th Century Fox, said, "Cindy Streit signed written agreements with the production, which clearly stated that a movie was being filmed and that the movie could be distributed worldwide. Her fee was negotiated and paid."

Others who have complained about the film, which has grossed more than $67 million so far, include the Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry and two South Carolina frat boys, who also claim they were duped into appearing in the movie.

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