A lawsuit filed against Sacha Baron Cohen and the new Borat sequel has been dismissed, reports Deadline. The suit was brought by the estate of Holocaust survivor Judith Dim Evans who is interviewed in the movie.
The lawsuit was filed in Fulton County Georgia. It made the claim that as a Holocaust survivor Mrs. Evans was humiliated by the phony interview. She said that she was not aware that it was meant to be a satire and that it mocked her family members who perished in the Holocaust.
Cohen said that his intention was to mock Holocaust deniers and to bring more attention to their anti-Semitic activities.
The actor has even been praised by the Anti Defamation League for his efforts in this area.
Sacha Baron Cohen actually dedicated the movie to Evans, who died after filming her scene, but before the film’s release. .
Deadline had reported that Sacha Baron Cohen so regretted the filming of the scene that he had someone tell Judith Dim Evans the truth about his real identity.
Amazon’s lawyer Russell Smith stated:
“The lawsuit was dismissed, unconditionally. The lawsuit is over. Sacha Baron Cohen was deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with Judith Dim Evans, whose compassion and courage as a Holocaust survivor has touched the hearts of millions of people who have seen the film. Judith’s life is a powerful rebuke to those who deny the Holocaust, and with this film and his activism, Sacha Baron Cohen will continue his advocacy to combat Holocaust denial around the world.”
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM BORAT SAGDIYEV pic.twitter.com/vM92Lam5vV
— Borat (@BoratSagdiyev) October 23, 2020
Born in Germany, as a young Jewish girl Judith Dim Evans was orphaned but survived the Holocaust, she went on to fight for Israel’s independence, manage a refugee camp, and become Israel’s youngest school principal.
She lived a remarkable life and devoted much of it to Holocaust education.
From her website:
The story of Judith Dim Evans is a remarkable one of survival from the Holocaust as a child and fighting for survival and independence of Israel as an adolescent.
The older of two children, Judith was born Aug. 25, 1932, in Beuthen, Germany, to Jewish parents. Her father left when she was very young, and she was reared by her mom and grandmother.
Her grandmother lived a Jewish life with observance of Shabbat, reciting prayers and cooking Jewish foods, although they never went to a synagogue. Her mom was more of a creative spirit, enjoying sophisticated culture and philosophical discussions with her German friends.