'Borat' villagers to sue producers for USD 30m

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21 November 2006, Los Angeles (dpa) - The Romanian villagers used to portray fictional peasants in the hit Borat movie are suing producers for 30 million dollars, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Attorneys representing the villagers are set to sue in New York, Florida and Germany asking for more than 30 million dollars in damages and are seeking to stop further screening of the controversial comedy if scenes making fun of the villagers are not cut or changed. The villagers claim that they were manipu

21 November 2006

Los Angeles (dpa) - The Romanian villagers used to portray fictional peasants in the hit Borat movie are suing producers for 30 million dollars, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Attorneys representing the villagers are set to sue in New York, Florida and Germany asking for more than 30 million dollars in damages and are seeking to stop further screening of the controversial comedy if scenes making fun of the villagers are not cut or changed.

The villagers claim that they were manipulated by the crew and lied to about the true nature of the film, and that unlike others in the movie, they did not sign release forms, a claim disputed by a spokesman for 20th Century Fox, which is distributing the film. The villagers also contend in the suit that the film ridicules them on ethnic grounds.

The report said that the suits seek 5 million dollars to improve infrastructure in the impoverished village, an additional 25 million dollars for humanitarian aid and an unspecified amount for fair compensation for the villagers, who were paid roughly 4 dollars a day for participating in the film.

The villagers' legal team is led by Edward D Fagan, who is best known for a case that forced Swiss banks to pay 1.25 billion dollars to Holocaust victims in the 1990s and who told the paper that he hoped to "teach Hollywood a very expensive lesson."

DPA

Subject: German news

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