Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat has the last laugh
By Colin Freeman
Last Updated: 3:01pm GMT 19/01/2008
He was the strange television reporter from the country no-one had never heard of, and they were the unsuspecting Americans who helped him in his quest to learn the ways of the West.
The residents of a Romanian village have already sued over being depicted as inbred peasants in Baron Cohen's film.
Now, having mercilessly lampooned his interviewees in his film Cultural Learnings of America for make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakstan, spoof newsman Borat Sagdiev is having the last laugh over those who failed to see the joke.
A US court has thrown out a lawsuit against Borat’s creator, the British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, brought by one of his unwitting victims - who says she was left embarrassed and humiliated after being duped into appearing in the movie.
The claim was filed by Kathie Martin, an etiquette tutor from Birmingham, Alabama, who attempted to teach the apparently sexist and bigoted Kazakh some modern American manners.
As the resulting film footage showed, the task of turning Borat into a Southern gentleman was doomed to failure: in the movie, he proudly shows her . . .