Roy Moore Sues Sacha Baron Cohen for $95M Over 'Who Is America?' Appearance
The controversial Alabama judge walked out during an interview which featured a purported pedophile detector.
Sacha Baron Cohen is being sued for defamation by Roy Moore over his appearance on the actor's controversial Showtime series — and the embattled former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice is seeking $95 million in damages.
Moore appeared in a July 29 segment of Who Is America?, a series that featured Cohen in disguise interviewing public figures about hot button issues.
Cohen, as the character Erran Morad, interviewed the judge and demonstrated a fictional device meant to detect pedophiles — a reference to Moore's alleged sexual misconduct with an underage girl that surface during his failed campaign for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat.
Moore says he never would have agreed to fly to D.C. if he had known the true reason for the trip — he was lured under the premise that he was receiving an award for his support of Israel — and his lawyers sent a threat letter in an effort to get Showtime to not air the footage, according to the complaint.
"Defendant Cohen’s character falsely and fraudulently introduced a false and fraudulent 'device' supposedly invented by the Israeli Army to detect pedophiles," state the complaint. "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."
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.