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Published: Wednesday, 10/27/2010

Celebrity briefs: Cameraman sues Cohen for $25K; Paula Deen comes up Roses

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Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is being sued by a cameraman for $25,000. Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is being sued by a cameraman for $25,000.
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A cameraman sued Sacha Baron Cohen on Tuesday, claiming his civil rights were violated when he was roughed up by a film crew shooting the comedian in character as "Bruno" during a gay marriage rally.

Mike Skiff, a self-described gay journalist, sued Baron Cohen and others involved in the 2009 film "Bruno" for more than $25,000 in damages for alleged physical and emotional pain and suffering.

His lawsuit claims he was shoved, pulled and threatened with wooden signs as he filmed the comedian in character as gay Austrian fashion journalist Bruno.

The lawsuit said Skiff recognized Baron Cohen during the pro-gay marriage rally in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 2, 2008, and began filming him.

Footage posted on YouTube by Skiff's company, Third Rail Media, showed the actor-comedian standing among anti-gay marriage protesters who had also assembled in the streets.

A man is heard shouting, "I know that's Bruno -- I can get as much as I want," before being harangued by the crew.

One portion of the video shows Skiff pulled away from Baron Cohen before police intervene.

An e-mail sent to Baron Cohen's publicist, Matt Labov, was not immediately returned.

Food Network star Paula Deen plans to cook up some fun as grand marshal of the 2011 Rose Parade.

The 63-year-old chef and cookbook author will ride in the 122nd parade and toss the coin before kickoff of the 97th annual Rose Bowl.

Deen says the parade and game have been longtime New Year's traditions at her house, and serving as grand marshal is a dream come true.

Selena Gomez is celebrating a 60th birthday -- not hers, but Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF's.

The 18-year-old Disney star is an ambassador for the humanitarian organization, and she performed a private acoustic concert Tuesday in West Hollywood to benefit the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program, which turns 60 this year.



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