Estate of Holocaust survivor sues to keep her interview out of Borat 2

Estate of late Holocaust survivor sues to keep her interview with Sasha Baron Cohen ‘mocking the genocide and Jewish culture’ out of his Borat sequel

  • Estate of Judith Dim Evans filed the lawsuit in Georgia earlier this week
  • Sasha Baron Cohen interviewed the Holocaust survivor for new Borat film
  • Suit claims he deceived her into thinking it was for a serious documentary
  • Cohen’s Borat character is outrageous and anti-Semitic, though actor is Jewish
  • Lawsuit demands removal of the interview before film’s October 23 release 

The estate of a deceased Holocaust survivor has filed a lawsuit to keep her interview out of Sasha Baron Cohen’s upcoming Borat sequel, saying she believed the film was a serious documentary.

Judith Dim Evans, who passed away over the summer, was interviewed for the Borat film in a Georgia synagogue on January 29, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Fulton Superior Court. 

‘Upon learning after giving the interview that the movie was actually a comedy intended to mock the Holocaust and Jewish culture, Ms. Evans was horrified and upset,’ the lawsuit states, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

‘Had Ms. Evans been informed about the true nature of the film and purpose for the interview, she would not have agreed to participate in the interview,’ it continues.

The estate of a deceased Holocaust survivor has filed a lawsuit to keep her interview out of Sasha Baron Cohen’s upcoming Borat sequel

Cohen’s Borat character, a buffoonish journalist from Kazakhstan, is notoriously anti-Semitic, although the actor himself is Jewish.

Previews for the new mockumentary film, set to be released on Amazon Prime on October 23, show Borat and his daughter, Sandra Jessica Parker Sagdiyev, traversing the country and making fools of everyday Americans in apparently unscripted encounters.

Evans’ daughter Michelle Dim St. Pierre (above) filed the lawsuit on her behalf

The film is officially titled Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. 

Evans’ attorney Adam Hoipkemier declined to tell the AJC whether she had signed any release form to appear in the film. Such releases typically give producers the right to use footage in any way they see fit.

Hoipkemier said that he had not seen the film, but knew that the footage of Evans would be included in the final cut.

Evans’ daughter Michelle Dim St. Pierre filed the lawsuit on her behalf as executor of her estate.

The suit names Amazon Prime and Oak Springs Productions as defendants, and seeks to have footage of Evans removed from the film, as well as damages of less than $75,000. 

Cohen’s Borat character, a buffoonish journalist from Kazakhstan, is notoriously anti-Semitic, although the actor himself is Jewish

Previews for the new mockumentary film, set to be released on Amazon Prime on October 23, show Borat and his daughter, Sandra Jessica Parker Sagdiyev, traversing the country and making fools of everyday Americans in apparently unscripted encounters

The first Borat film, released in 2006, earned more than $262 million worldwide. 

Last week, the trailer to the sequel was released. It revealed that Cohen was the Trump impersonator who crashed Mike Pence’s CPAC speech in February.

The film follows Borat’s journey to the United States where he wears a fat suit and a Trump face mask and bursts his way into the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference convention.

Baron Cohen is seen carrying his daughter in the film over his shoulder and shouts to Pence: ‘Michael Pennis I’ve brought the girl for you!’

At the time the outburst made headlines and the impersonator was escorted out of the conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland after shouting about ten minutes into the speech about Trump.

The trailer to Borat 2 released on October 1 reveals Sacha Baron Cohen was the Trump impersonator who crashed Mike Pence’s CPAC speech in February. Cohen pictured in a Trump mask and suit with his daughter in the movie over his shoulder shouting, ‘Michael Pennis I’ve brought the girl for you!’

Pence is seen giving Cohen an angry glare for the interruption, about ten minutes into his speech at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland

At the time of the outburst no one knew who the impersonator who crashed the convention was. Cohen pictured wearing a Trump mask and suit in his grand entrance

Only recently was it revealed that Cohen was the person behind the Trump costume.

In the sequel Borat seeks to gift his daughter to ‘someone close to the throne’ in the Trump administration, likely meaning Pence in the chaotic scene.

Throughout much of the trailer the actor pokes fun at the coronavirus pandemic and Republican voters and politicians. 

Other highlights from the trailer show Borat decide to get a disguise after realizing he’s too recognizable and purchased a fat suit saying, ‘I take this to be fat like American man.’

Looking at other outfits on display Borat asks if Harry Potter is ‘a sex offender’.

Borat later asks a stranger outside a store if he can quarantine with them during the coronavirus lockdown crisis.

In the trailer Borat travels to the US and purchases a fat suit, saying: ‘I take this to be fat like American man.’

Prior to the trailer release, Sacha posed for an extremely risqué poster for the upcoming Borat 2 movie, ahead of its release on October 23 on Amazon Prime

Wearing a thong at the man’s home and dancing, Borat asks: ‘What’s more dangerous… this virus or Democrats?’ to which the person and his friend both reply: ‘Democrats!’

Borat then tries to kill the coronavirus with a hammer on the wall, to which the man explains you ‘can’t see it’ and instead encourages him to spray Covid with an anti-bacterial spray. 

Playing with politics is a recurring theme in the comedian’s work.

His 2018 show This is America sees him play different characters and trick political names including former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, and former Republican Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh. 

His pranks led Georgia State Representative Jason Spencer to resign after Cohen tricked him into shouting the n-word and exposing his buttocks in a fake counter-terrorism training exercise.      

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