Alleged Child Molester Roy Moore Sues Sacha Baron Cohen For Defamation

Toby Graves
September 6, 2018

Former U.S. Senate candidate for Alabama Roy Moore is suing Sasha Baron Cohen, CBS and Showtime for $95 million, claiming the group defamed him when he appeared on the political satire series "Who Is America?".

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

According to the court filing, Moore and his wife say they were invited to Washington, D.C.so that Judge Moore could "receive an award for his strong support of Israel, in commemoration of its 70th anniversary as a nation state".

The lawsuit ultimately claims the "fraudulent portrayal and mocking of Judge Moore as a sex offender" on the television show "severely harmed" his reputation and caused his family "severe emotional distress", as well as "financial damage".

In addition to Cohen, Moore is suing CBS and Showtime for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud.

During his senate run a year ago, eight women accusedMoore of sexual misconduct, including several who said they were teenagers at the time. He has denied the misconduct allegations.

Once Cohen sits down with Moore, he begins to tell the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama about a new technology that Israel has developed to "identify other abnormalities".

The device repeatedly beeped as it got near Moore, who sat stone faced. As a result, Moore is asking for $95 million in damages as well as attorneys' costs and fees. Baron Cohen then said they also created a device which could detect "pedophiles" after merely picking up on their scent. Instead, Cohen, in character as Col. Erran Morad, waved a "pedophile detector" in his face as it went off incessantly.

Cohen has duped plenty of other conservative figures on his show, including Sarah Palin and Corey Lewandowski.

In July, Georgia lawmaker Jason Spencer, ridiculed for dropping his pants and using racial slurs on Who Is America?, said he would resign.

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." The suit alleges that the release was obtained on fraudulent grounds.

The complaint says: "Defendant Cohen's character falsely and fraudulently introduced a false and fraudulent "device" supposedly invented by the Israeli Army to detect paedophiles".

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