Romanian Villagers Give Up Fight Against 'Borat' Producers
by Matthew Heller
May 08, 2008
Nicolae Todorache and Spiridom Ciorebea, depicted in the film's opening scenes in a Romanian village (substituting for Kazakhstan), filed one of the earliest "Borat" suits, but did little to pursue their case before entering a voluntary dismissal last month. Perhaps they saw the writing on the wall after a judge in California shot down claims by fraternity brothers depicted in the film and another judge in New York dismissed the claims of a pedestrian who was accosted by the title character.
For those keeping score, the following "Borat" plaintiffs are still in litigation:
- Etiquette teachers Kathie Martin and Cindy Streit (refiled in New York after Alabama courts denied jurisdiction).
- Driving instructor Michael Psenicska (facing a motion to dismiss in New York).
- Pentecostal worshipper Ellen Johnston (conducting discovery in Mississippi).