Published Sep 05, 2018Sacha Baron Cohen's excellent Who Is America? recently wrapped its first and only season, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Among the many politicians humiliated by the show was controversial figure Roy Moore. Now, the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice is seeking $95 million USD in damages from the show.
While campaigning for a seat in the U.S. Senate, Moore was accused of alleged sexual misconduct with an underage girl. That topic was humorously explored in the America? clip when Cohen's character Erran Morad used a contraption on Moore that he described as a detector for sex offenders.
"Defendant Cohen's character falsely and fraudulently introduced a false and fraudulent 'device' supposedly invented by the Israeli Army to detect pedophiles," Moore's complaint read [via The Hollywood Reporter]. "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."
Moore's lawyers added that the experience was extra painful "given his status as a prominent conservative and a God fearing person of faith."
Cohen's producers allegedly told Moore that he was receiving an award for his support from Israel. It was under that pretense that he flew to Washington, D.C., and completed the interview with Cohen.
In addition to legal action against Cohen, the lawsuit names Showtime and parent company CBS Corp. As of press time, Showtime and CBS have not publicly addressed the suit.
Revisit the Who Is America? clip below.