Abdul was persuaded to sit on two “Mexican gardeners” who had dropped to all fours because there were not enough chairs in the room.
The American Idol judge revealed to US radio’s Johnjay and Rich Show that, last year, she was told she had won an award for Artist of the Year in Germany and ended up taking part in a bizarre sit-down interview with Baron Cohen’s alter ego, a camp Austrian designer.
She said: “I’m greeted by this futuristic dude with a mohawk, and he’s flaming – I’m like, ‘This is weird, is this a variety show or something?’ I walk in and there was no furniture except a chair, and this guy Bruno introduces himself.
“He snaps his fingers and says, ‘Gardeners!’ And these two Mexican guys come in, and they drop down to all fours.
“I see him paying them, like, 10 bucks, and he says, ‘Sit down.’ And I said, ‘I’m not doing that!
“And I’m so embarrassed and I’m holding my core muscles so as not to sit on them, and he pushes me down on them. These two Mexican gardeners don’t speak a word of English and I’m patting their backs and going, ‘I’m so sorry.’ It was really uncomfortable. And he kicks one of them and we all fall.”
However, Abdul only realised she had been the subject of a stunt when a reporter called her three weeks ago.
“I said, ‘I’ve never done anything with Sacha Cohen, they’re wrong,” she recalled. “At two o’clock in the morning, I woke up in a cold sweat and I went, ‘Oh my God!’ And I’m dying. Because you don’t expect it.”
Abdul’s publicist had agreed to the interview and signed a release form allowing the footage to be used.
“That publicist no longer works for me,” the singer said.