Not so very nice result for an etiquette teacher duped by prankster

By Caris Davis
January 21, 2008 10:25 AM
Eugene Gologursky/WireImage; Kevork Djansezian/AP

An etiquette teacher found herself on the wrong end of a lesson when Alabama’s Supreme Court sided with actor Sacha Baron Cohen in a lawsuit she’d filed against the actor.

Kathie Martin claimed that the British comedian duped her into appearing in his movie, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, in which Baron Cohen poses as a journalist from Kazakhstan traveling the United States in search of Pamela Anderson, the Associated Press reports.

During scenes filmed in Alabama, the actor – as his clueless character – sought etiquette lessons from Martin, and is shown presenting guests at a dinner party with a bag of human feces.

“It is sufficient to say that an eventful meal ensued, during which the alleged reporter engaged in behavior that would generally be considered boorish and offensive,” wrote Justice Mike Bolin in the judgmet.

Martin sued Baron Cohen and eight other parties connected with the movie, claiming she was embarrassed and humiliated by the encounter.

In April 2007 a lower court sided with the manners maven and gave her the green light to proceed with her action. But the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that the agreement Martin signed specifying New York as the site for any disputes meant Alabama courts could not hear the case.

Martin’s representatives did not return calls seeking more information on the case, according to Associated Press.

Martin is one of a number of aggrieved parties taking legal action against the prankster for the film, which has grossed more than $200 million.

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