Judge dismisses Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Da Ali G Show’ slander lawsuitApril 24th, 2009 - 3:02 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 24 (ANI): A judge has dismissed the lawsuit a woman filed against British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and his former show ‘Da Ali G Show.’
The woman filed the lawsuit over claims Cohen defamed her during a sketch on the show in 2004.
Throughout the legal proceedings, she was referred to only as Jane Doe but has now been named as Heddi Cundle, a British woman who lives in the U.S.
Cundle, who met Cohen 20 years ago in Israel, sued him after the comic used her name in a skit as wannabe rapper Ali G.
However, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry Friedman threw out the case, saying the show was obviously a spoof made for entertainment purposes.
“No reasonable person could consider the statements made by Ali G on the program to be factual. It is obvious that the Ali G character is absurd, and all his statements are gibberish and intended as comedy,” the Daily Express quoted Friedman as saying.
“The actor, Sacha Baron Cohen, never strays from the Ali G character, who is dressed in a ridiculous outfit and speaks in the exaggerated manner of a rap artist. Ali G’s statements are similarly absurd. The program is obviously a spoof of a serious interview program. No reasonable person could think otherwise,” Friedman added. (ANI)
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