When it comes to television pranksters, few are as viscerally offensive as Sacha Baron Cohen.
The man who made his fortune by impersonating racially insensitive characters such as Ali G and Borat is back in headlines this year thanks to his Showtime series entitled “Who Is America?”. The premise for this particular program is an exploration of the subcultures that the liberal left tends to disapprove of, and making light of the beliefs of those Americans invested in such activities.
This means that Cohen has been lambasting conservative nearly non-stop during the first season of the program.
One “victim” of Cohen’s deceitful Hollywood trickery was Alabama Judge and Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is now taking legal action against the comedian for defamation.
Moore, who was accused by nine women of sexual misconduct during his race for Alabama Senate last November, launched a $95 million lawsuit against Cohen Wednesday, claiming he was tricked into appearing on the show, according to court documents obtained by both Varietyand TMZ.
On the July 29 episode, Moore sat down with Cohen who pretended to be an Israeli security expert named Erran Morad to discuss the development of a machine that detects pedophiles.
At one point, Cohen’s character demonstrated how the fictional device would work by waving it at Moore. The device then beeped, prompting Moore to abruptly end the interview.
“I’ve been married for 33 years. Never had an accusation of such things… Certainly, I’m not a pedophile, okay?” Moore said before exiting the room.
“This false and fraudulent portrayal and mocking of Judge Moore as a sex offender, on national and international television, which was widely broadcast in this district on national television and worldwide, has severely harmed Judge Moore’s reputation and caused him, Mrs. Moore, and his entire family severe emotional distress, as well as caused and will cause Plaintiffs financial damage,” the lawsuit states according to the outlets.
Moore is not the only major political figure to be ensured by Cohen, either.
Former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin was similarly duped by the actor whilst he was slyly portraying himself as a possible wounded veteran. The outrage around this purported skit may have been a factor in why the segment was not featured in season 1 of Who Is America?.