Roy Moore sues Sacha Baron Cohen over 'defamatory' TV prank

Roy Moore sues Sacha Baron Cohen over 'defamatory' TV prank

Roy Moore sues Sacha Baron Cohen over 'defamatory' TV prank

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was slapped with a $95 million defamation lawsuit from Republican Roy Moore over a prank he was fooled into. Moore was duped into appearing on a "Who is America?" segment where Cohen demonstrated a supposed pedophile detecting device that beeped when it came near Moore.

The 71-year-old was accused by nine women of sexual misconduct during his unsuccessful bid to win one of Alabama's two Senate seats last November.

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

"If this is an instrument", he continues, "certainly, I'm not a pedophile".

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'.

In addition to Cohen, Moore is suing CBS and Showtime for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud.

When the "device" is waved near Mr Moore, it beeps.

"Who is America?" debuted earlier this year on Showtime, and numerous segments mocked Republicans and conservatives.

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.

The lawsuit alleges that Cohen's use of a disguise to lure Moore and his wife, Kayla, to Washington, DC, for the interview was fraudulent.

The lawsuit asks for $95 million in punitive and compensatory damages. He denied the allegations.

In the July episode, Cohen, disguised as the fake "Erran Morad", uses a metal detector that he claims "is used in schools and playgrounds" to detect pedophiles.

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

Besides Moore, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and several others have been punked on the show.

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

Of course, by the time it was revealed that this interview took place, Moore's reputation was already off the rails, so it's unclear exactly why his attorneys would demand such an outrageous amount in damages.

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