Roy Moore Sues Sacha Baron Cohen For Defamation

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

In the episode he appeared in, Moore was interviewed by series creator Sacha Baron Cohen in character as the fake "counter-terrorism instructor" Erran Morad, who he allowed subject him to a "pedophile detector" device.

The complaint says: "Defendant Cohen's character falsely and fraudulently introduced a false and fraudulent "device" supposedly invented by the Israeli Army to detect paedophiles". The couple filed the lawsuit because "they have been directly affected by the unlawful conduct" stated in the complaint, according to the court documents.

In the show broadcast in the U.S. in July, when the beep sounds, Mr Moore tells Baron Cohen: "I support Israel".

"Maybe Israeli technology hasn't developed properly", he added.

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Republican Jason Spencer, who campaigned strongly for a burka ban in 2016, announced his resignation after pulling his trousers down, exposing himself, and yelling racial slurs on the show.

During his senate run previous year, eight women accusedMoore of sexual misconduct, including several who said they were teenagers at the time. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington, D.C., accuses Cohen of smearing Moore's name and intentionally inflicting emotional distress.

"If this is an instrument, well certainly, I'm not a pedophile, OK?" responded Moore.

The lawsuit asks for $95 million in punitive and compensatory damages. The interview has already seen the light of TVs and, as of this writing, is still up on YouTube. "With that said, we do not comment on pending litigation", a spokesperson from Showtime told TIME. "During the segment, Defendant Cohen's "device" - as part of the false and fraudulent routine - purports to detect Judge Moore as a sex offender, thus defaming him".

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Sacha Baron Cohen's no stranger when it comes to controversy and his Showtime program "Who Is America" created just that.

Now, Moore is seeking $95 million (around £75 million) in damages from the production company behind the series, the USA broadcaster Showtime, and the CBS network.

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. Moore denied the allegations throughout the race.

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