Palestinian settles lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen

A Palestinian grocer who sued actor Sacha Baron Cohen for $115 million over his portrayal as a terrorist in the film “Bruno” has settled his slander lawsuit.

Ayman Abu Aita filed the lawsuit in the United States in late 2009 against the movie’s producers and Cohen. His attorney would not discuss the terms of the settlement, reached in late July.

In the movie, Aita, a Christian peace activist, escorts Cohen’s alter ego Bruno, a gay fashion journalist, to a Lebanese refugee camp. Aita is identified onscreen as “Terrorist group leader, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.”

Aita said he received death threats after the movie came out. He said he did not realize that Cohen was an actor filming a comedy movie, and said Cohen misrepresented himself, claiming the movie would help the Palestinian cause.

Aita served in the al Aksa Martyrs Brigades from 2000 until 2003, then spent two years in an Israeli prison on charges of shooting at Israeli soldiers, according to World Net Daily. — jta n