Sacha Baron Cohen offers to hand over Salman Rushdie
Tabloid tales: Baron Cohen makes Rushdie fatwa joke, Cruise’s diva demands, fake Bond sparks police hunt
Hosts David Walliams and Alan Carr cracked a number of offensive jokes at the GQ Awards, according to the Metro. But it was Sacha Baron Cohen who took home the prize for the most shocking jibe. Collecting his award for Comedian of the Year, Cohen responded to the death threats he received for his latest film, The Dictator, by announcing: “As a gesture of peace I can get you Salman Rushdie. He’s actually just there.” Rushdie, who received the Inspiration award later that evening, had a Muslim fatwa placed on his head in 1988 for his controversial book The Satanic Verses.
TOM CRUISE WANTS HOTEL TO HIMSELF
Tom Cruise demanded a hotel kick out all its guests so he could dine in complete privacy, according to The Sun. The Mission: Impossible actor’s alleged request was rejected by the “outraged” manager of the five-star Forza Mare hotel in Dobrun, Montenegro. A source said: “Who does Mr Cruise think he is? The hotel was full. It would have been unfair to other guests.” However, Cruise still managed to eat his meal in peace - he got the restaurant to deliver a seafood banquet to his luxury yacht, the Lady S.
FAKE JAMES BOND WIELDS SPUD GUN
A wannabe James Bond instigated a police hunt after brandishing a spud gun. The man got chatting to a group of youths on a train in Kent after they spotted he had a ‘spy-style’ video watch. Nicholas Haynes, 27, told the Metro: “They asked if I was James Bond and I said I was. Then I showed them my spud gun. I bought it to fire at pigeons on my balcony.” However, he was reported to police and accused of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear. Haynes said: “There will be no more James Bond for me, unless I get his money and car.”
SEAL PUP STUCK IN G-STRING
A seal pup was almost strangled by a G-string after a frisky couple left their underwear at a romantic beauty spot, dubbed 'Lover's Leap’. The Department of Conservation were called after a beach goer on New Zealand’s South Island saw a struggling pup caught with something round its neck. When the team removed the offending item they were surprised to find it was “a sexy red G-string”. According to the Mirror, the Department then framed the pants and put them up for auction, raising NZ$135 (£70) for charity. ·