Roy Moore sues Sacha Baron Cohen for $95 million

Roy Moore sues Sacha Baron Cohen for $95 million

Roy Moore sues Sacha Baron Cohen for $95 million

In addition to Cohen, Moore is suing CBS and Showtime for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud. Cohen, as Morad, told Moore that Israeli scientists had developed an electronic device that detected sexual offenders.

Moore faced sexual misconduct accusations during last year's Senate race in Alabama. He denied the allegations.

The Moores are being represented by Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch.

The lawsuit claims Moore was invited to Washington, D.C., "to receive an award for his strong support for Israel in commemoration of its 70th anniversary as a nation state".

The lawsuit asks for $95 million in punitive and compensatory damages.

Cohen then pulls out a wand that resembles the handheld metal detectors often used by security guards, scanning himself before scanning Moore, which then appears to cause the device to beep.

Baron Cohen's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to the suit, the "false and fraudulent" device Cohen showed Moore attempted to paint the politician as a sex offender, "thus defaming him".

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British comedian Cohen, whose characters include Ali G, Borat, and Bruno, has made a career out of duping celebrity names and politicians into tricky interviews.

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.

In a statement to Variety, Showtime, owned by CBS, said it had not received copies of a filing and could not comment.

In the court documents filed in Washington DC, former Alabama Senate candidate Moore alleges the release form he signed before appearing on the show is null and void because it was signed under false pretences.

The character demonstrated a "paedophile detector", which beeped when it was waved near Moore, prompting him to walk out, saying: 'Certainly I'm not a paedophile.

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

In July, Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer, who bared his buttocks and shouted racial slurs in one episode, was forced to resign from the legislature.

While Moore signed a release for the interview, the case alleges that release itself was fraudulent.

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