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Baron Cohen to pay fine for Czechs sporting Borat mankinis

In this image made available by informburo.kz,  on Wednesday Nov. 15, 2017, shows a group of Czech tourists dressed in swimsuits similar to the character made famous by TV and film character Borat in Astana, Kazakhstan, Friday Nov. 10, 2017, before being detained by authorities, sporting lime green "mankinis" and black wigs.  Sacha Baron Cohen has offered Tuesday Nov. 21, 2017, to pay the 22,500 tenge ($68) fines for six Czech tourists who were reportedly detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana for dressing up in skimpy swimsuits made famous by his "Borat" character. [informburo.kz, via AP]

In this image made available by informburo.kz, on Wednesday Nov. 15, 2017, shows a group of Czech tourists dressed in swimsuits similar to the character made famous by TV and film character Borat in Astana, Kazakhstan, Friday Nov. 10, 2017, before being detained by authorities, sporting lime green "mankinis" and black wigs. Sacha Baron Cohen has offered Tuesday Nov. 21, 2017, to pay the 22,500 tenge ($68) fines for six Czech tourists who were reportedly detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana for dressing up in skimpy swimsuits made famous by his "Borat" character. [informburo.kz, via AP]

PRAGUE — Comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines for six Czech tourists who were reportedly detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana for dressing up as his character Borat.

Sporting lime green "mankinis" and black wigs, the men had hoped to take a picture in front of the "I Love Astana" sign earlier this month.

But local police fined them some $68 each for committing minor hooliganism, according to local media.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Baron Cohen says: "To my Czech mates who were arrested. Send me your details and proof that it was you, and I'll pay your fine."

The swimsuit became popular after Baron Cohen sported it in the 2006 movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."

That film offended many Kazakhs by portraying the country as backward and degenerate.

Baron Cohen to pay fine for Czechs sporting Borat mankinis 11/21/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 2:16pm]
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