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Universal Responds to ‘Bruno’ Lawsuit

Assault alleged involving bingo game gone wrong.

Universal on Friday released a statement regarding a "Bruno" lawsuit surrounding a bingo game in Lancaster, Calif., that supposedly became violent.


A May 22 lawsuit filed by emcee Richelle Olson claims "Bruno" star Sacha Baron Cohen and his film crew allegedly assaulted her. Olson supposedly hit her head and is now in a wheelchair.


Universal said, "The allegations made by Richelle and Lance Olson in their complaint are completely baseless. Filmed footage of the full encounter, which took place more than two years ago, clearly shows that Ms. Olson was never touched or in any way assaulted by Sacha Baron Cohen or any member of the production and suffered no injury. If the Olsons elect to proceed with their frivolous action, we expect each of the defendants to be fully vindicated."


Attorney Kyle Madison released a statement on Friday asking for privacy for Olson.


"The actions of Mr. Cohen and those acting in concert with him have resulted in life-altering injuries to my client," Madison’s statement said. "My focus is her well-being and to secure a fair, just and equitable remedy for her claims. This claim is distinguishable from Mr. Cohen’s previous lawsuits as a defendant."