Borat Subsequent Movie Film is still one week away from premiering on Amazon and already has been hit with a lawsuit. The producers of Borat 2 and Amazon Studios are being sued by the estate of Holocaust survivor, Judith Dim Evans. The suit claims that Cohen interviewed her under false pretenses, and that she appears in the film without granting her permission.
Evans passed away between filming the scene in question and the creation of the lawsuit. The lawsuit states, “Upon learning after giving the interview that the movie was actually a comedy intended to mock the Holocaust and Jewish culture, Ms. Evans was horrified and upset...Had Ms. Evans been informed about the true nature of the film and purpose for the interview, she would not have agreed to participate in the interview.”
Cohen says that he broke character to reveal his true identity to Judith Dim Evans during filming. This is the only known time Cohen has broken character while filming to explain the joke and share his true identity. Cohen explained that the joke was not intended to mock Jewish culture—it was meant to do the opposite.
The estate of Judith Dim Evans also filed a temporary restraining order in an attempt to prevent Borat 2 from premiering on October 23. An insider with Borat 2 says there is video evidence of Cohen revealing his true identity and discussing the nature of the joke with Evans. The insider also says that the film is dedicated to the late Evans.
The estate responded to hearing about the footage by saying, “We have made multiple requests for any footage of Ms. Evans and the producers have refused to provide it. We do not have any further comment regarding Mr. Cohen’s characterization of his conversation with Ms. Evans until we are able to review the film.”
Borat 2 is still scheduled to premiere on October 23. Make sure to add Borat 2 to you list for any more updates!