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Bruno Lawsuit Includes CBS' David Letterman

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Palestinian shopkeeper and father portrayed as a terrorist in the movie "Bruno" is suing film star Sacha Baron Cohen, David Letterman and others for libel and slander.

The lawsuit filed last week by Ayman Abu Aita in District of Columbia federal court seeks $110 million in damages.

The director and film distributor NBC Universal are named. So are CBS and Letterman's company Worldwide Pants for an interview in which Letterman and Cohen discussed Bruno's encounter with Abu Aita, who is called a terrorist.

In the movie, Cohen plays a gay Austrian fashionista trying to make it big in the United States. To achieve fame, Bruno travels to the Middle East to make peace.

Universal Studios and a Letterman spokesman declined comment.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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