Yes, but did he stay in character?

Sacha Baron Cohen, the star 'Borat', has earned the respect of many critics and fans by staying in character during all his interviews promoting his new film.

You may have heard, however, that he was attacked in New York and punched several times by a passer-by who didn't think the prank Cohen was trying to pull was funny.

CohenCohen approached the man and said, “I like your clothings. Are nice! Please may I buying? I want have sex with it.” The man apparently felt he was being accosted by a lunatic and punched the 35-year-old comedian several times.  Cohen shouted for help and his associate, actor Hugh Laurie, eventually came running to his aid.

Laurie said, “Sacha couldn't resist playing the fool as Borat, but picked on the wrong person. I guess this guy thought he was being attacked by someone unstable and lashed out. Sacha is very lucky he didn't get a much worse beating.”

Cohen is fine and he is continuing to promote his film around the world.

What I want to know about this punching incident is if they got it on film. And more importantly, did Cohen stay in character?! It's one thing to stay in character for an interview. Cohen says that during filming of 'Borat' the police were called about 50 times, and he even stayed in character with the police. But did he stay in character after being punched?