A New York resident is suing the makers of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, claiming his civil rights were violated during his brief cameo.
Jeffrey Lemerond, 31, has filed suit under the name John Doe, in a U.S. District Court, after he appeared in the 2006 movie running away in fear from Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Kazakh character Borat Sadiyev.
In the suit, Lemerond claims he did not give permission for his likeness to be used in the movie and “as a result of defendant’s outrageous and illegal conducts, Plaintiff has suffered public ridicule, degradation and humiliation.”
Lemerond noted that while Fox studios pixilated his face in the movie’s trailer, they did not follow suit in the actual movie and subsequent DVD release, according to documents posted on TheSmokingGun.com.
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