Sacha Baron Cohen to pay fines for men arrested in mankinis

  • 21/11/2017
Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat in the 2006 film.
Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat in the 2006 film. Photo credit: Borat

Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines for six Czech tourists who were arrested in Kazakhstan for wearing nothing but mankinis.

The group were arrested in the capital city of Astana earlier this month, after posing for photos in the revealing one-piece togs. Local media reported the tourists were fined 22,500 Tenge (NZD$99.69) each for indecent exposure.

Baron Cohen posted on Facebook today, offering to cover the fines for those arrested.

"To my Czech mates who were arrested. Send me your details and proof that it was you, and I'll pay your fine," he wrote in the post.

He then added an email address assumedly made especially for the occasion: "".        

Baron Cohen made the revealing costume famous as Borat, a fictional Kazakhstan TV presenter, in the 2006 cult-hit film of the same name.

BBC reports that the Central Asian country and former Soviet republic has had a complex history with the mankini. Kazakhstan officials felt the movie portrayed the country as a racist, sexist and primitive.

However, in 2012, the Kazakhstan foreign minister publicly thanked Baron Cohen for boosting tourism.