Alabama politician and retired judge Roy Moore is suing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen over his appearance on his comedy series 'Who is America.'
The former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice is suing Cohen for $95 million in damages, with the lawsuit being filed in a Washington DC court on Wednesday. Apart from Cohen himself, the lawsuit also targets Showtime and CBS, the two networks that aired the show over summer. Moore is suing Showtime, CBS, and Cohen for fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and defamation.
Moore appeared in a July 29 episode of 'Who is America?' during which the comedian interviewed him under a fictional character of “Erran Morad,” an Israeli military officer. During the interview, Cohen demonstrated a made-up device, which he said was meant to detect pedophiles, a reference to a sexual misconduct allegations against Moore regarding underage girls.
Roy Moore is suing Sacha Baron Cohen on the grounds that he defamed Moore's stellar reputation as a twice-removed judge and disgraced pedophile.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) September 5, 2018
And as the comedian scanned Moore, with the device, it beeped. Moore then got up and left from the interview. The complaint Moore states that if he had to know the real reason for this interview he would not have agreed to fly to DC. He was under the impression that he was receiving an award for his support towards Israel. According to the complaint his lawyers even sent a threat letter in order for them not to air the show.
"This false and fraudulent portrayal and mocking of Judge Moore as a sex offender, on national and international television, which was widely broadcast in this district on national television and worldwide, has severely harmed Judge Moore’s reputation and caused him, Mrs. Moore, and his entire family severe emotional distress, as well as caused and will cause Plaintiffs financial damage,” the lawsuit states. The Defendants have not yet responded to the complaint, which is posted below.