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Roy Moore Is Suing Sacha Baron Cohen for $95 Million
During his campaign for the U.S. senate in 2017, Alabama judge Roy Moore was accused of sexual misconduct by eight women, one of whom was as young as 14 at the time. A year after Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones in that election, Sacha Baron Cohen aired a segment with the disgraced judge on Who Is America? during which he waved a pretend “sex offender detector” over Moore. The thing beeped, and Moore told Cohen’s character:
“I’ve been married for 33 years, I’ve never had an accusation of such things,” Moore replied after Cohen’s device beeped a few times. “If this is an instrument, then certainly I’m not a pedophile. I am simply cutting this conversation right now.”
Moore walked away from the interview.
Since Cohen’s show began airing on Showtime, a number of prominent Republicans—including Moore, and disgraced Georgia Rep. Jason Spencer—have threatened legal action against the stunt comedian. Now, as Variety reports, Moore has actually followed through with his threat, and filed a $95 million dollar lawsuit against Cohen.
According to Moore, he was lured to Washington D.C., under the false pretenses of accepting an award for his support of Israel. Instead he was interviewed by Cohen’s character Col. Erran Morad, who tested him with the detector.
“This false and fraudulent portrayal and mocking of Judge Moore as a sex offender, on national and international television, which was widely broadcast in this district on national television and worldwide, has severely harmed Judge Moore’s reputation and caused him, Mrs. Moore, and his entire family severe emotional distress, as well as caused and will cause Plaintiffs financial damage,” the lawsuit states.
Moore is suing Showtime, CBS, and Cohen for fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and defamation, nonetheless.
Normally, Cohen has his subjects sign a release before they appear on camera, and according to the suit, that release was obtained on fraudulent grounds.