'Borat' lawsuits thrown out

Three found to have consented for film

NEW YORK -- A New York judge has tossed out lawsuits brought by a driving instructor and two etiquette schoolteachers who said the makers of the movie "Borat" deceived them.

Judge Loretta Preska said all three accepted money and signed agreements releasing the filmmakers from liability. She noted in a Sept. 3 ruling the agreements said the plaintiffs consented to appear in a "documentary-style" movie.

In the 2006 film, British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen plays an uncouth and anti-Semitic journalist traveling the U.S. in pursuit of Pamela Anderson. Baron Cohen often fools people with his gag interviews.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs haven't returned phone messages seeking comment.