Roy Moore sues Sacha Baron Cohen for $95 million

Sep 06, 2018, 14:04
Roy Moore sues Sacha Baron Cohen for $95 million

"Who is America?" debuted earlier this year on Showtime, and numerous segments mocked Republicans and conservatives.

The lawsuit asks for $95 million in punitive and compensatory damages.

Mr Moore said he had travelled to Washington to appear on what he thought was an Israeli TV show in the belief that he was to receive an award for his pro-Israel stance.

"The press has been sent copies of an alleged complaint, yet to our knowledge SHOWTIME has not been served".

"During the segment, Defendant Cohen's "device" - as part of the false and fraudulent routine - purports to detect Judge Moore as a sex offender, thus defaming him", the court documents read.

Cohen feigns confusion as the machine beeps for a second time after nearing Moore, asking him if he had happened to lend his jacket to someone else. "It's malfunctioning", Cohen says in the episode.

The wand device remained silent as Cohen passed it over himself, but it beeped after he passed it over Moore several times.

Cohen tells Moore that he's not accusing him "at all", prompting Moore to say, "Certainly, I'm not a pedophile, OK?" Instead, he found himself being interviewed by "Col. Erran Morad", a Cohen character.

"Had Judge Moore and Mrs. Moore known that "Erran Morad" was Defendant Cohen, Judge Moore would have never agreed to be interviewed", Moore's lawyer wrote in the lawsuit.

The actions by Cohen and his network subjected the Moore and his wife to widespread ridicule. A spokeswoman for Showtime said it did not comment on pending litigation.

Representatives of Baron Cohen did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the lawsuit, and Showtime also did not comment.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also appeared on the show, slamming the prank in which Cohen appeared as a disabled USA veteran in a wheelchair as "evil" and "sick".

During his campaign for Senate, Moore was accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, including one allegation that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s in 1979. He has denied the allegations.

Mr Moore signed a release before appearing on the show, but alleges it is void because it was signed under false pretences.

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