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October 8, 2020

Ahead of the release of the Borat sequel, Sacha Baron Cohen is recounting how with one particular prank for the film, he was "fortunate to make it out in one piece."

The comedian penned an essay for Time on Thursday speaking out against President Trump, Facebook, the spread of dangerous conspiracy theories, and his experience infiltrating a right-wing rally for the Borat sequel. Video emerged in June of Baron Cohen at a rally in Washington, which showed him in disguise getting a crowd to sing along to a shocking racist song about wanting to inject Dr. Anthony Fauci and others with COVID-19.

"When organizers finally stormed the stage, I rushed to a nearby get-away vehicle," Baron Cohen wrote. "An angry crowd blocked our way and started pounding on the vehicle with their fists. Under my overalls, I was wearing a bulletproof vest, but it felt inadequate with some people outside toting semiautomatic weapons. When someone ripped open the door to drag me out, I used my entire body weight to pull the door back shut until our vehicle maneuvered free."

Baron Cohen wrote that he has "feared for my life" while shooting a project "a few times in my career," such as when he pranked the crowd at a cage match for the end of Bruno and had to escape through a trapdoor. He shared these anecdotes as part of a broader essay about how, ahead of the 2020 presidential election, "I'm truly terrified — for the survival of democracy itself." He concludes by writing that while "I was fortunate to make it out in one piece" after his Borat prank, "the next few weeks will determine whether America will be so lucky." Read Baron Cohen's full essay at Time. Brendan Morrow

June 24, 2019

Writer E. Jean Carroll is speaking out in a new interview after accusing President Trump of sexual assault, saying she has put her life on the line in doing so.

Carroll spoke on CNN's New Day after on Friday accusing Trump of sexually assaulting in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the 1990s, saying the experience of coming forward is "not easy." While saying she has stayed off the internet, she said she has been told she has received death threats.

"I would never ask another human being to go through this," Carroll said. "I put my reputation on the line. I put my livelihood on the line ... And I put my life on the line." She went on to say that "people have told me I have to be careful."

Trump has denied Carroll's allegation, accusing her of making up the story to sell books. Carroll denied this, saying her book is not about Trump and that "male authors never get this question." She also denied that she's coming forward with her allegation for political reasons.

"I'm barely political," Carroll said. "I can't name you the candidates who are running right now." She added that she is "fed up" and that she "can't believe that he is in the White House," later saying that Trump — and "a lot of guys" — must be held "accountable." Brendan Morrow

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