Sacha Baron Cohen paying fines for tourists detained for wearing Borat mankinis
In this image made available by informburo.kz, on Wednesday Nov. 15, 2017 shows a group of Czech tourists dressed in swimsuits made famous by TV and film character Borat in Atana, Friday Nov. 10, 2017. The group of six Czech tourists who visited Kazakhstan dressed up in the skimpy swimsuits have reportedly been detained by authorities in the central Asian country's capital Astana. Sporting lime green "mankinis" and black wigs, the men had hoped to take a picture in front of the "I Love Astana" sign. But local police detained them on Friday and fined them 22,500 tenge ($68) each, according to the Kazakh news website informburo.kz. (informburo.kz, via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, November 21, 2017 10:04AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 21, 2017 2:25PM EST
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- 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.