Courtesy of Rolling Stone:
Roy Moore, the former Alabama Republican senator who was accused of attempting to have sex with a 14-year-old when he was in his thirties, has filed a $95 million defamation lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen, Showtime and CBS, the TV network’s parent company.
The politician and former chief justice of Alabama’s supreme court appeared on Cohen’s Who Is America? in a segment where Baron Cohen, disguised as an Israeli anti-terror expert, waved what looked like a metal detector over Moore and claimed it could identify child molesters; it beeped when close to Moore. In addition to the monetary damages, Moore is seeking attorneys’ fees, according to the filing (via Variety).
Moore alleged that Baron Cohen duped him into appearing on the show with claims that he’d received an award for supporting Israel. He also claimed that Baron Cohen’s character claimed to work for Yerushalayim TV, “which does not actually exist.” The suit added that if the Moores had known that the character was actually Baron Cohen they “would have never agreed to be interviewed and, at a minimum, terminated the interview immediately” nor would they have traveled to Washington, D.C. for the interview.
According to Showtime they have yet to be served any legal documents pertaining to this case and also point out that Moore signed a release.
I don’t think that Moore stands a snowball’s chance in hell of making his case stick.
After all, Roy Moore’s character was already damaged after his failed Senate run during a special election in 2017.
All Cohen did was to capitalize on the fact that Moore was already known far and wide as a child molester, and use that to prank him on his show.
I don’t see how this could possibly have further damaged Roy Moore’s reputation.