Borat Fraternity Brothers Lose Court Bid
The men, who have not been identified, claim they were duped into appearing in the film, which stars Sacha Baron Cohen and shows the frat boys graphically expressing contempt for women, African Americans and Jews.
In his two-page decision, West Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joseph S. Biderman also denied the plaintiffs' request that their scenes be removed from the film, which since its release last month has so far grossed more than $120 million in North America alone.
According to a lawsuit filed Nov. 9 against 20th Century Fox and three production companies, the film "made plaintiffs the objects of ridicule, humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional and physical distress."
They also alleged that the filmmakers got them drunk so that they would make the offensive remarks, the Associated Press reports.
Louis Petrich, an attorney for 20th Century Fox and One America Productions, said he was happy with the judge's decision. Calls by the AP to the frat brothers' lawyer, Olivier Taillieu, were not returned.
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