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Actor Baron Cohen to pay fine for Czechs sporting Borat mankinis

At left, British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen as his comic character, Borat. At right, a group of six Czech tourists sporting lime green “mankinis” swimsuits similar to the character made famous by Cohen. The tourists were detained by authorities. Cohen has offered to pay the 22,500 tenge ($68) fines for the tourists. (Borat, 20th Century Fox; Czech tourists/informburo.kz, via AP)

At left, British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen as his comic character, Borat. At right, a group of six Czech tourists sporting lime green “mankinis” swimsuits similar to the character made famous by Cohen. The tourists were detained by authorities. Cohen has offered to pay the 22,500 tenge ($68) fines for the tourists. (Borat, 20th Century Fox; Czech tourists/informburo.kz, via AP)

PRAGUE (AP) — 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.

See original 2006 movie trailer

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