Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

USA right-winger sues Sacha Baron Cohen

USA right-winger sues Sacha Baron Cohen

Roy Moore, the United States politician and former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, is suing Sacha Baron Cohen for defamation, after he appeared on the comedian's latest show, Who Is America?

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

Moore claims that he was flown to Washington, D.C., under false pretenses, believing he was to "receive an award for my strong support of Israel". The lawsuit states the interview "falsely painted, portrayed, mocked and with malice defamed Judge Moore as a sex offender".

The AP says the defamation suit by Moore "appears to be the first actually filed" by one of Cohen's guests on the show. He has denied the misconduct allegations.

In legal documents lodged in Washington DC, Moore accused Cohen of portraying him as a sex offender.

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"I've been married for 33 years and never had an accusation of such things", Moore said.

Larry Klayman, founder of the conservative group Freedom Watch, is representing Mr Moore and his wife Kayla in the lawsuit.

Moore also sued Showtime and its parent CBS Corp over the embarrassing stunt.

The filing demands a jury trial and seeks damages in excess of $95 million "and any other relief that this court may deem just".

Baron Cohen's latest show, which began airing in July, has zinged several other political figures.

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"If they detect a pedophile, the wand alerts the law enforcement and the schools within a 100-mile radius", Cohen said, taking out the wand. In the segment, Baron Cohen appeared as the bushy eyebrowed faux counterterrorism instructor "Col. Erran Morad" discussing bogus military technology, including a supposed pedophile detector.

Previously, even before the show had aired, Moore had issued a statement, conceding he had been pranked by Baron Cohen's "trickery, deception and dishonesty."

Of course, by the time it was revealed that this interview took place, Moore's reputation was already off the rails, so it's unclear exactly why his attorneys would demand such an outrageous amount in damages.

Roy Moore (L) and Sacha Baron Cohen are seen in this combination photo in Midland City, Alabama, U.S., December 11, 2017 and in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016 respectively.

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