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Bruno film sued in pounds 67.5m libel case; uk newsbulletin.

A PALESTINIAN shopkeeper and father portrayed as a terrorist in the film Bruno is suing Sacha Baron Cohen, US talk show host David Letterman and others in a pounds 67.5m defamation case.

The action, filed by Ayman Abu Aita in the US federal court, seeks $110m in damages for libel and slander.

In the film, Cohen plays a gay Austrian fashion journalist, Bruno, who travels to the Middle East to make peace. He interviews Abu Aita, and a caption labels the Bethlehem shopkeeper a member of the militant Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade. Lawyer Joseph Drennan said Mr Abu Aita was never offered a release to sign to appear in the film adding he expected a hearing on Mr Abu Aita's complaint in late January.
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Date:Dec 11, 2009
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