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Holocaust survivor’s daughter wants late mum’s interview out of Borat sequel

Sacha Baron Cohen accused of interviewing Judith Dim Evans earlier this year “under false pretenses"

Sacha Baron Cohen at the Golden Globes (Screenshot from Twitter)
Sacha Baron Cohen at the Golden Globes (Screenshot from Twitter)

The daughter of a late Holocaust survivor is suing to have her mother’s appearance in Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming “Borat” sequel removed from the film, stating that the comedy mocks “the Holocaust and Jewish culture.”

Cohen, one of the world’s most outspoken opponents of antisemitism and Holocaust denial, interviewed Judith Dim Evans earlier this year “under false pretenses with the intent of appropriating her likeness,” reads the lawsuit, which was filed this week with the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Cohen approached Evans for an interview in what he called a documentary earlier this year, the lawsuit states. Her daughter said that Evans, who passed away this summer, was “horrified and upset” upon learning that the film was a satirical comedy.

Sacha Baron Cohen in character as Borat

The attorney representing Evans’ estate declined to tell the Journal-Constitution if Evans had signed a waiver before participating in the interview.

In the original “Borat” film, which premiered in 2006, Cohen tricked several people into participating in a similar fake documentary to mock them. The film makes fun of the racism present in Borat’s home country of Kazakhstan.

Sources told Deadline that Evans was included to mock Holocaust deniers, not herself, and she was “clued in on the gag” right after it was shot.

The sequel, full title “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” premieres on Amazon Prime on October 23. Amazon has yet to comment on the Evans lawsuit.

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