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Roy Moore sues Sacha Baron Cohen for defamation over TV stunt

06 September 2018

Roy Moore, the USA 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?

Cohen had disguised himself as his recurring character of an Israeli "anti-terror expert" named Col. Erran Morad for the segment.

During his failed Senate bid previous year Moore was dogged by accusations that he pursued sexual relationships with girls as young 14 when he was in his 30s. He says that the release form he signed should be considered null and void as it was signed under false pretenses.

Roy Moore, a former candidate for the US Senate, appeared on Who Is America? in July on the pretence of accepting an award for his support for Israel.

The lawsuit said Baron Cohen's show mocked him with a "false and fraudulent portrayal" that harmed Moore's reputation and caused "severe emotional distress" to his family.

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Cohen tells Moore that he's not accusing him "at all", prompting Moore to say, "Certainly, I'm not a pedophile, OK?"

The lawsuit was filed in the Washington, D.C. federal court.

In addition to Cohen, Moore is suing CBS and Showtime for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud. He has denied the misconduct allegations.

The lawsuit alleges that Cohen's use of a disguise to lure Moore and his wife, Kayla, to Washington, DC, for the interview was fraudulent.

FILE PHOTO: Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore speaks during a campaign rally in Midland City, Alabama, U.S., December 11, 2017.

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"Defendant Cohen's character falsely and fraudulently introduced a false and fraudulent "device" supposedly invented by the Israeli Army to detect pedophiles".

In July, Moore appeared on the third episode Cohen's Who is America? They are asking for relief in excess of $95 million dollars, not including attorneys' fees.

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

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

Mr Moore was not the first public figure duped into a fake interview in a Baron Cohen show.

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As is generally the case with Cohen's victims, Moore signed a release before the taping took place.

Roy Moore sues Sacha Baron Cohen for defamation over TV stunt