TRICKERY

Baron Cohen Sued by Duped 'Terrorist'

Did Sacha Baron Cohen take his absurdist sense of humor too far? Ayman Abu Aita, a Palestinian who was falsely portrayed as a terrorist leader of the the al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade in Brüno, is fighting back with charges of libel and slander. Abu Aita names Baron Cohen and NBC Universal in his suit, which seeks at least $110 million in damages. Abu Aita, who is Christian and owns a grocery store near Bethlehem, claims that he has been the target of death threats, because the movie's depiction of gays runs counter to his community's values and beliefs. Though Abu Aita was jailed by Israelis in 2003, he was never charged with any wrongdoing.