“Borat” and “Bruno” star Sacha Baron Cohen” is no stranger to lawsuits alleging defamation, but this week he scored a victory in a suit filed by a woman (identified as “jane doe”, who alleged that she was defamed in an interview with Gore Vidal on “Da Ali G Show”.
According to the Judge in the case:
No reasonable person could consider the statements made by Ali G on the program to be factual. To the contrary, it is obvious that the Ali G character is absurd, and all his statements are gibberish and intended as comedy. 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. For example, prior to the reference to Plaintiff, while ‘interviewing’ the author Gore Vidal, Ali G refers to the Constitution of the United States as having been written on two tablets, clearly intended to confuse the Constitution with the Ten Commandments. Altogether, the program is obviously a spoof of a serious interview program. No reasonable person could think otherwise.