Sacha Baron Cohen sued for $95m by Roy Moore

Sacha Baron Cohen sued for $95m by Roy Moore

Sacha Baron Cohen sued for $95m by Roy Moore

According to AAP and The Washington Post, the lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in the United States and accuses Cohen of smearing Moore's name and intentionally inflicting emotional distress.

Representatives for Cohen and CBS did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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.

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.

Moore alleges that he was lured to Washington, D.C., on the pretense of accepting an award for his support for Israel.

According to The Associated Press, "Larry Klayman, founder of the conservative group Freedom Watch, is representing Moore and his wife Kayla in the lawsuit".

Moore, a Republican and former chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court, also brought defamation claims against Showtime and its parent, CBS Corp., over a sketch broadcast on July 29 that appeared to portray him as a sex offender.

In July, Moore appeared on the third episode Cohen's Who is America?

"If they detect a pedophile, the wand alerts the law enforcement and the schools within a 100-mile radius", Cohen said, taking out the wand.

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

Running in heavily Republican Alabama, Moore lost his Senate race last December to Democrat Doug Jones after being accused of sexual misconduct towards female teenagers while in his 30s.

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

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

In July, Georgia lawmaker Jason Spencer, ridiculed for dropping his pants and using racial slurs on Who Is America?, said he would resign.

Mr Moore was not the first public figure duped into a fake interview in a Baron Cohen show.

In another episode, former Arizona sheriff and Senate candidate Joe Arpaio argued the benefits of gun ownership to a tiny toy doughnut.

As is generally the case with Cohen's victims, Moore signed a release before the taping took place.

When the gadget beeped at Moore, he stormed off set.

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