Roy Moore Suing Sacha Baron Cohen Over His 'Who Is America' Appearance

Roy Moore Suing Sacha Baron Cohen Over His 'Who Is America' Appearance

Roy Moore Suing Sacha Baron Cohen Over His 'Who Is America' Appearance

Former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore filed a US$95 million (approx $132 million) lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen and Showtime on Wednesday, alleging that he was duped into appearing on Who Is America?

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

The former judge also claimed his appearance on Baron Cohen's show caused him and his wife "severe emotional distress and pain and financial damage", as they flew in to collect a made-up award for Moore's support of Israel.

The lawsuit contends that Cohen "falsely painted, portrayed, mocked and with malice defamed Judge Moore as a sex offender, which he is not".

During his failed Senate bid past year Moore was dogged by accusations that he pursued sexual relationships with girls as young 14 when he was in his 30s. He has denied all allegations.

Evolution-denier Moore has been suspended from the Supreme Court of Alabama for disobeying federal laws on marriage equality, and has described homosexuality as 'a crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one's ability to describe it'. The wand beeps when it waves over Moore.

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.

Larry Klayman, a conservative lawyer representing Moore, in a statement called his client "a man of great faith, morality and intellect", and said the defendants will be held legally accountable for Baron Cohen's conduct.

Calling the interview to a close, Moore said he has been married for 33 years. Baron Cohen then said they also created a device which could detect "pedophiles" after merely picking up on their scent.

Moore is suing for damages of $95 million and has asked for as a jury trial.

A Showtime representative wrote in an email that they do not comment on pending litigation, and to their knowledge they had not been served with 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.

In the July 29 episode of "Who is America?".

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

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